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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Sapphires set to dazzle at Cannes

Actors Chris O'Dowd, Shari Sebbens, Jessica Mauboy, director Wayne Blair, Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman and Tory Kittles in Cannes.part "The Sapphires" premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images  Source: Getty Images

Megan Lehmann, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Jessica Mauboy has played the red carpet jewel for the premiere of new Australian film The Sapphires at the Cannes Film Festival.

In a figure-hugging, silver sequined dress, the 22-year-old singer sparkled alongside director Wayne Blair and her co-stars as she entered a packed cinema on the French Riviera for the screening.

Festival commentators at Cannes have described The Sapphires as a "feel-good drama'' and a "comedy'' and Saturday night's audience, crammed with critics, gave it a long standing ovation.

"It's about these four Aboriginal women from Australia in 1968. They go to Vietnam and they sing soul music for the American troops,'' Blair said of his film before the screening.

"Based on a true story that happened in Australia when Aboriginal people weren't even counted on the Census, these four people from country Victoria get picked up by this white Irish guy.

"It's a story that in 100 minutes starts at a reserve or mission in Australia, (then) we go to Saigon and come back.''

Standing alongside Mauboy to complete the foursome for Australia's version of The Supremes are Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.

The starlets were joined on Saturday night by male co-stars Chris O'Dowd and Tory Kittles.

Mailman was thrilled to attend the premiere on the Cote d'Azur.

"Who would have imagined that we would be here?" the jubilant actress told The Sunday Telegraph ahead of the screening in front of more than 2000 film buffs at the Palais des Festivals, with the film's Sydney director Wayne Blair and co-stars, including Jessica Mauboy.
"My head's spinning and it's not just from the jet-lag - it's so exciting. It's really fantastic," Mailman said.
The premiere caps a triumphant week for the film, about four young Aboriginal women plucked from a far-flung mission to become Australia's answer to The Supremes. Picked up for international distribution by Hollywood hit-makers The Weinstein Company, the film has also been chosen to open the Melbourne International Film Festival ahead of its national release on August 9.
"I'm very proud of this film," Mailman said. "And to walk the red carpet in Cannes promoting it with these girls and the director and writer - us mob walking down that red carpet together - I've been so looking forward to that."
Mailman is a Cannes first-timer whose French experience extends to "a bit of a baguette, some Yoplait".
The Sapphires, which is not in competition at Cannes, is to be released in Australia on August 9.

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