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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Terra Nova props to go under the hammer

Terra Nova
MONSTER SERIES: A time-travelling family battled dinosaurs in the Steven Spielberg-produced Terra Nova. Source: Supplied

The Daily Telegraph reports

Fans of the Steven Spielberg-produced TV show Terra Nova can now bring the science fiction drama into their homes with props and costumes set to be auctioned Saturday in eastern Australia.

The show, which first aired in the US in September 2011, was a look at an overpopulated world in the year 2149, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

In an attempt to save the world, people were recruited to travel back in time to join the Terra Nova colony in the prehistoric past where they co-existed with dinosaurs.

Filmed in southeast Queensland in Australia against a backdrop akin to a futuristic, high-tech version of the hit Jurassic Park movies - two of which were directed by Spielberg - Terra Nova's pricey pilot reportedly cost $20 million.

During the 11-episode first season, Terra Nova averaged 7.5 million viewers, among which 2.6 million were aged 18 to 49 - the age bracket coveted by advertisers, The Hollywood Reporter said.

However, the series failed to perform as well as network executives had hoped and was canceled in March this year - leaving enough costumes and props to fill 17,350 square feet (1,612 square meters) of floor space.

"I've done the same thing with props and costumes from other shows I have closed in the past and they seem to be very successful," co-producer Ellen Blum told the Bulletin.

"I've learned you never know what use some people have for things."

Items available for purchase include everyday furniture and homeware, outlandish costumes and polystyrene sculptures.

Terra Nova made headlines following its premiere, when eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the "sonic pistols" used by officers in the show were in fact modified Nerf guns.

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