Haven't we all at some point in time fantasized about stepping through a cinema/TV screen and into the world of our favourite movies and television shows? I certainly have!

With its modern, urban setting and stunning harbour, it is easy to see why Sydney leads the way as an ideal and versatile shooting destination. Movies shot here have been set in New York (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kangaroo Jack), Chicago (The Matrix and sequels), London (Birthday Girl), Seville (Mission Impossible 2), Bombay (Holy Smoke), Darwin (Australia), Myanmar (Stealth), Mars (Red Planet) and the fictitious city of Metropolis (Superman Returns, Babe: Pig in the City).

Whether popular landmarks or off the beaten track locations that are often hard to find, you can now explore Sydney in a fun and unique way with the SYDNEY ON SCREEN walking guides. Catering to Sydneysiders as much as visitors, the guides have something to offer everyone, from history, architecture and movie buffs to nature lovers.

See where productions such as Superman Returns, The Matrix and sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Candy, Mission Impossible 2, Mao's Last Dancer, Babe: Pig in the City, Kangaroo Jack, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding, The Bold and the Beautiful, Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure and many more were filmed.

Maps and up-to-date information on Sydney's attractions are provided to help you plan your walk. Pick and choose from the suggested itinerary to see as little or as much of the city as you like.

So, come and discover the landscapes and locations that draw filmmakers to magical Sydney, and walk in the footsteps of the stars!


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Sydney on Screen walking guides now on sale!

Click on the picture above to see a preview of all four walking guides and on the picture below to see larger stills of Sydney movie and television locations featured in the slideshow!

Copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty / Unless otherwise specified, all photographs on this blog copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty

Sydney on Screen guides are now available for purchase at the following outlets:

Travel Concierge, Sydney International Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall (between gates A/B and C/D), Mascot - Ph: 1300 40 20 60

The Museum of Sydney shop, corner of Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9251 4678

The Justice & Police Museum shop, corner of Albert & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9252 1144

The Mint shop, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2416

Hyde Park Barracks shop, Queen Square, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2311

Travel Up! (travel counter) c/o Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph (02) 9288 7888

The Shangri-La Hotel (concierge desk), 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9250 6018

The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney (concierge desk), 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8214 0000

The Sydney Marriott Circular Quay (concierge desk), 30 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9259 7000

Boobook on Owen, 1/68 Owen Street, Huskisson - Ph: (02) 4441 8585

NSW, interstate and international customers can order copies of Sydney on Screen using PayPal. Contact us at sydneyonscreen@hotmail.com to inquire about cost and shipping fees.

All four volumes of Sydney on Screen are available to download onto your PC or Kindle at:
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Nominees for fourth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship announced

Ledger Scholarship nominees 2012
One thespian set for career-changing leg-up ... (From left, from top) Talia Zucker, Aaron Jakubenko, Brett Stiller, Shari Lee Sebbens, Kenji Fitzgerald; (bottom row) Will Howarth, Tim Pocock, Meegan Warner, Lachlan Buchanan and Anna McGahan. Source: The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph reports

The nominees for the fourth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced yesterday - the list a baker's dozen of budding young talent, one of whom is now in line for a career-changing financial leg-up.

One of 13 talented young actors will win a cash prize, plus return ticket to Los Angeles and a one-year acting course that could set them up for a lifetime of success.

The budding young thespians in contention to win this year's Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship are Aaron Jakubenko, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Andrew Hazzard, Anna McGahan, Brett Stiller, Kenji Fitzgerald, Lachlan Buchanan, Meegan Warner, Michael Sheasby, Shari Lee Sebbens, Talia Zucker, Tim Pocock and Will Howarth.

The winner will be announced on on June 27.

Bella Heathcote, the 2010 winner, who is now starring in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, said of her scholarship win: "Winning the scholarship was the best possible way to start my career in LA. It gave me the incentive to come to LA, a start-up fund to sustain me, and a foot in the door in regards to meetings with industry professionals.

"I'd encourage any actor out there to apply."

Judging this year's awards are The Twilight Saga director Catherine Hardwicke, Warner Bros Pictures exec Greg Silverman, casting director Donna Issacson and Gregor Jordan.

Australians in Film president Andrew Warne yesterday said: "Year after year Australia is producing some of the world's most exciting and emerging acting talent and this year's finalists represent some of the best. Australians in Film and the Ledger family are incredibly proud to be able to help these 13 young actors further their careers internationally."

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