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!

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

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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

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Not such a Great week for Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin at Tiffany's Fifth Avenue / Pic: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Annette Sharp, The Daily Telegraph, reports

IT appears director Baz Luhrmann is having some kind of catharsis. In an exhausting week during which The Great Gatsby director has had his shoulder to the grindstone in a final almighty push to promote his upcoming eagerly anticipated cinematic release, Luhrmann has twice bitten the bullet and done things associates believe to be out of character.

The first was to list his magnificent Darlinghurst house, Iona, for sale for $15 million - something no one, it seems, foresaw.

The second was to pack a bag and fly to Las Vegas - the equivalent to the culturally enlightened Luhrmann of drinking a kryptonite martini.

Lurid, tacky, soulless Vegas was essential because Luhrmann's latest film extravaganza, which opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 15 six months after the deadline on the original delivery date lapsed, opens in the US on May 1. Film reviews being what they are, Luhrmann knows better than most that those early US reviews could spell disaster or success for his latest $127 million+ labour of love.

Then on Wednesday, during a monster week of interviews - some of which weren't for the film but

were for myriad prestige consumer product lines attached to it - Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin dropped their guard on their non-traditional relationship.

The pair were in Tiffany's Fifth Ave flagship store in New York to unveil a luxurious 1920s styled jewellery collection created to capitalise on the film's release when, during a media breakfast, Luhrmann and his talented wife opened up about the remarkable collaboration that has survived 25 years and the odd rumour.

Asked to reveal the secrets of their fruitful relationship, Martin stated frankly: "Fighting in the bathroom."

Luhrmann elaborated: "We fight a lot. All the time."

This hardly come as a surprise to those of us who have watched the couple closely for the past decade and noted with interest earlier admissions that they keep separate bedrooms.

"He says I'm the violent one," Martin added. "Abuse goes both ways. We're equal."

Luhrmann, whom Martin once described as the "fire" in their creative relationship, admitted he, probably unhelpfully, laughs when her temper flares.

"When she starts getting angry, I start to laugh. I can't help it. I don't mean to do it," he said.

One can well imagine how much pressure this marriage is under at the moment. The couple's reputations, careers and, rumour has it, finances are bound to Gatsby.

As husband and wife, or director and artistic designer, it has always been thus. They put it all on the line every time they work together.

For years now, Luhrmann and Martin have been eating, sleeping and, one assumes, fighting over Gatsby just as they presumably did over their other over-budget/over deadline films Australia and Moulin Rouge.

Is it any wonder they withdrew their house from the property market mid-week? Talk about biting off more than you can chew. They hardly needed all of Sydney speculating about their motives for selling the house that had has been their home base for 18 years. So great has their love affair been with the property, they finally bought it in 2006 after renting it for nine years.

Now real estate agents say the couple are selling to "separate" their business and personal lives. "Separate" - not the best choice of words.

"We've been together for 25 years and we still fight over the same things," Martin told USA Today this week in an admission that would indicate the couple, like most, have their dependable trigger points.

"One time we were having a heated argument and I threw a glass on the ground and Baz says, 'CM, you know what I love about you? You never change.'"

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