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.

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Axed Keith Urban still loves American Idol

Keith Urban
Keith Urban faces the axe from American Idol but still praises the show Source: Supplied

Zoe Nauman, The Daily Telegraph, reports

He's facing the axe as a judge on American Idol, but that hasn't stopped Keith Urban waxing lyrical about what a good platform the show is for aspiring artists - despite its disappointing US ratings.

Although audiences have plummeted to a low of 11 million in the US - which is positively dismal for a program which used to draw 30 million - Urban says it can still provide singers with a springboard to stardom as long as they put in the work.

"Certainly over the years Idol has produced some great voices," Urban tells Insider, "a pretty good solid amount of artists who have had good careers.

"For anyone who has talent it is still an incredible platform to get out there and be seen."

Urban says regardless of what the performers do after leaving the show, their career is better than when they started. "The point is that these guys have to do something with this," he says.

"Winners of this show have gone on to not do anything, and those who haven't done so well have gone to do amazing things. The show alone is not going to make a star.

"You have to have that work ethic as well."

The finale of the reality singing show, which was once nicknamed The Death Star by critics because of its huge numbers in the US, airs on Ten this Friday.

Urban quit the Australian ratings juggernaut The Voice to join American Idol.

Insiders say Fox is bitterly disappointed with this season's performance, and despite Urban and fellow judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey all having repeat options on their contracts, they will not be renewed.

"All four are gone. They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back," a source says. The plan is to revamp the show to bring in a younger audience.

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