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

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Not exactly Madonna but Mel's a Superstar

Melanie Chisholm
Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, has found her niche in musical theatre. Source: Getty Images

James Wigney, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Mel C has sung for royalty, toured some of the biggest venues in the world and performed for a television audience in the billions at last year's Olympics.

But Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, says she's never been more petrified professionally as she was on the opening night of her debut West End show Blood Brothers in 2009.

"In my entire life, apart from having a baby, that was the most scared I have ever been," she says. "It was a complete leap of faith to do that show, and a huge personal challenge, but it couldn't have gone any better."

Her gamble paid off. Critics raved about her and she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Chisholm's success in Blood Brothers paved the way for her role as Mary Magdalene in the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, which arrives here later this month.

She'd always imagined the West End was where she'd end up, while harbouring fantasies of being a pop star.

"Although I wanted to be the next Madonna, I knew that was a very unrealistic ambition," she says.

"I thought maybe musical theatre was something I could work towards so I went in that direction."

Her musical theatre dreams were put on hold once she became a Spice Girl, bursting on to the world stage in the '90s. They became the best-selling female group of all time, with more than 80 million albums sold.

When they split in 2000, Chisholm continued the solo career she had begun with the release of 1999 album Northern Star. But for all her achievements, she says she suffered from depression and eating disorders, particularly in the aftermath of the Spice Girls break-up.

"It was incredibly draining," she says. "Although you are realising your dreams you are also getting pretty messed up in the process. It takes some time to process it and kind of integrate back into society."

After taking time out to be a mother - she gave birth to daughter Scarlett in 2009 - Chisholm approached her stage career with trepidation."In the UK we really like to pigeonhole people and I have experienced that a lot from being a Spice Girl, as in 'you're just a one-dimensional character and not capable of anything other than that'," she says. "And that's bollocks."

When the chance came to do Jesus Christ Superstar, she leapt at it.

She'd been a fan of Lloyd Webber from a young age and remembers listening to the musical with her mother. But it wasn't until she started rehearsals alongside Aussie Tim Minchin as Judas that she realised how much the 40-year-old musical had sunk into her - and the public's - consciousness.

Chisholm was a judge on reality show Superstar, which ran on UK TV last year, searching for an actor to play the lead role in the musical.

She was initially scathing of reality TV and talent shows but now believes they are entrenched enough that would-be contestants should know what's in store.

Chisholm says she's writing her next album and planning to tour with Jools Holland later this year.

There are also other musical theatre roles she'd like to tackle, particularly Evita and Cabaret's Sally Bowles. And, after the Spice Girls' successful reunion at the Olympics (pictured below), there may also be some unfinished business.

"The last few things we have done together, the reunion tour in 2007 and 2008 and the Olympics, we are having more fun together than we ever did before," she says. "So we just think we should do that more."

Where are they now?

In their prime The Spice Girls were known as Posh, Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Baby. But these days, Posh has gone couture, Scary is a little more tame, Ginger's gone blonde and Baby is still waiting for her career to mature. With 11 children between them, a lot has changed since the group launched their catchy debut single Wannabe in 1996.

Melanie Brown

Honorary Australian Mel B went solo with a Missy Elliott collaboration - I Want You Back - in 1998.

She's judged or hosted The X Factor Australia, Dancing With The Stars, The X Factor UK and America's Got Talent.

The outspoken Spice - mother to three children from three different fathers - was recently embroiled in a court case which ebanned her from appearing on Channel 9's Australia's Got Talent after she was found to have breached her X Factor contract.

A paparazzi favourite, she's also been the face of a weight loss firm.

Emma Bunton

While the youngest member of the group released her first solo album in 2001 and managed to claim a No.1 on the UK singles chart, the bubbly blonde has failed to impress musically.

But the 37-year-old was a frequent star on the popular BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous from 2003 to 2012.

Victoria Beckham

The 39-year-old stayed in the spotlight after the group split thanks to her high-profile marriage to footballer David Beckham.

Despite being derided as the least talented Spice Girl, Beckham managed four consecutive top 10 singles and a top 10 album on her own.

She moved into fashion, co-designing for US denim brand Rock & Republic, then launching her own line in 2006 and establishing her Victoria Beckham collection of dresses in 2008.The mother-of-four has also modelled for Marc Jacobs and Burberry.

Geri Haliwell

She's had a string of high-profile boyfriends, an obsession with yoga and a crack at a solo music career.

Ginger called it quits at the height of the Spice Girls' fame in 1998, citing depression and ``differences within the group''.

But the 41-year-old managed to carve out a successful career as a solo artist, selling 12 million records

She then reunited the girls for the musical Viva Forever, which was axed this week after six months London.

She'll hit our shores this month after being recruited as the fourth judge on Australia's Got Talent to replace Mel B.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Sydney Entertainment Centre, June 7-9. Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100

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