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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The reel deal: married couple in battle for film festival's $60,000

Sydney couple and film directors Cate Shortland for the film Lore and Tony Krawitz for the film Dead Europe who are in competition with each other as film directors for the Sydney Film Festival. 9th May 2012Photo by Dallas Kilponen
Action ... rival festival finalists Tony Krawitz and Cate Shortland are married. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Garry Maddox, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports

One household in Marrickville will have an especially close interest in the Sydney Film Festival's competition next month.

A married couple, directors Cate Shortland and Tony Krawitz, are rivals for the $60,000 cash prize.

Shortland, whose previous film was the acclaimed drama Somersault, has been selected with Lore, a coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl who leads her four younger siblings on a perilous journey across Germany at the end of World War II.

The only other Australian film in competition is Krawitz's Dead Europe, a psychological drama about a photographer who discovers his family's dark history when he travels to Greece.

But the couple, who have been together 20 years and have two children, downplay any rivalry along the lines of former couple James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow at the Oscars two years ago.

''It feels great to have both made films that are screening together at a home audience,'' said Krawitz after the festival line-up was announced at Circular Quay yesterday. ''It doesn't feel like competition.''

Added Shortland: ''The program is so strong and exciting that we feel incredibly lucky to be in it.''

The couple, who have had stints living in South Africa and Germany working on projects in recent years, usually collaborate closely but were unable to on Lore or Dead Europe because of the timing of their shoots.

''We're always reading each other's scripts, looking at casting, looking at crew,'' Shortland said. ''Tony's my biggest collaborator.''

Both films are literary adaptations with a European flavour.

Shortland said Lore, which is based on a novel by British writer Rachel Seiffert, was about ''the children of perpetrators'' and dealt with issues relevant to Australia, despite being set in Germany.

Like the acclaimed TV series The Slap, Dead Europe is based on a Christos Tsiolkas novel.

''So much of Aussie culture since white settlement has ties to Europe,'' Krawitz said. ''That really connected me with the book - seeing Europe through an Australian's eyes.''

The competition for ''courageous, audacious and cutting edge'' cinema also features such internationally acclaimed films as Caesar Must Die from Italy, Monsieur Lazhar from Canada and Tabu from Portugal.

The festival will open on June 6 with another new Australian film - Peter Templeman's comedy Not Suitable For Children, which has Ryan Kwanten as a Sydney party boy who becomes obsessed with having a child after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

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