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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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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Supernatural star Misha Collins ready to meet and greet his Aussie fans

Misha Collins
Supernatural star Misha Collins is in Sydney to meet and greet fans. Source: Supplied

Neala Johnson, The Daily Telegraph, reports

At first, Supernatural actor Misha Collins thought fan conventions would be "creepy".

But when you’re a breakout cult figure on a cult sci-fi TV show - as Collins has become playing angel Castiel in the past four seasons of Supernatural - you’re almost obligated to attend such gatherings.

And that’s just what Collins is doing in Sydney on Saturday, joining Supernatural co-stars Jim Beaver (Bobby), Richard Speight Jr (Gabriel/The Trickster), Traci Dinwiddie (psychic Pamela) and Corin Nemec (Christian Campbell) at the All Hell Breaks Loose III event in Sydney and Melbourne.

“Originally the profession of acting was a very interactive one where you would get up in front of a live audience and you would have an immediate and gratifying response,” said Collins, in a state of near-delirium after logging some serious air-miles attending fan-cons around the world in the past few weeks.

“Now, most of the work I do is on television and in movies and you don’t have an audience that is responding to you personally, you don’t actually get to feel that.

"It feels kind of missing, at times.

"So being on a popular sci-fi show that has fan conventions where you get to go actually meet fans is actually much more rewarding than I ever anticipated, for exactly that reason.

“I thought that it was gonna be really creepy and that it was just gonna be a bunch of weirdos who lived in their basement, and it isn’t that at all.

"It’s actually a very warm and welcoming and gratifying experience.

"Plus, you have the added benefit of for a weekend you feel like a real rock star, which is nice.”

That Collins quickly built a devoted audience (he has almost 450,000 followers on Twitter and has mobilised these fans to help out his charitable organisation therandomact.org) is surprising in some ways, given Supernatural is already top heavy with, erm, hotties.

You would think wise-cracking, demon-killing brothers Sam and Dean (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) might be enough.

But when Castiel popped up Season 4 as an uber-serious angel of the Lord, fans were smitten.

“On the face of it, there’s these two underwear model-looking actors playing brothers, and frankly I am shocked that there’s any room for anyone else on the show that is a moderately good-looking guy,” Collins says.

“I don’t think that anyone really could predict how that all works out.

"I know that the network in Season 3 wanted to bring some women on the show and they mandated that the writers add two regular female characters.

"For whatever reason, the fans just didn’t go for it. It’s a men-only kind of environment, for whatever reason.”

In such an environment, it’s no surprise to hear that the set of Supernatural is at times riddled with boys’ locker room pranks.

“The biggest challenge for me working on Supernatural is not laughing while we’re filming.

"There’s a lot of harassment that goes on.

"Jared in particular likes to handicap me in whatever way he can while we’re filming,” says Collins.

“It’s not at all uncommon that just below the frame I’m confronted with someone trying to pull my pants down or something like that.

“Castiel has to be straight-faced most of the time. Unfortunately Misha is not very good at that, so I have probably ruined a hundred hours of film by breakout out laughing.”

Some fans were disappointed that Castiel went largely M.I.A in the first half of Supernatural’s latest season (the show’s seventh), but when the angel did come back, Collins was gifted some whacky scenes to play out.

“It was a fun return and a surprise to me, I certainly didn’t expect them to do it in that manner,” he says.

“Yes … Cas is crazy.”

With Season 7 just finished airing in the US, Collins is now waiting to see what might confront crazy Castiel in Season 8.

All he knows is that it will be … different.

“What I like about working on Supernatural is that it is always trying to break the mould.

"The characters are always going through epic changes, so as an actor you don’t have to do the same thing every day and that is a gift. It makes it interesting and fun to come to work,” the 37-year-old says.

“I think I would probably be bored to death if I was working on a procedural cop show where every week you’re interviewing Perp No.2 at the precinct house.

"It’s always something different with Supernatural, so it’s a lot of fun to work on the show.”

Hell Breaks Loose III is on at Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, High St, Kensington; Saturday May 26, 9am-6pm, $150, www.thehubproductions.com

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