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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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

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Elizabeth Debicki touted as the breakout star of The Great Gatsby

Elizabeth Debicki          
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki pictured at the Sydney Theatre Company this week. Picture: Ruttyn Sam Source: The Sunday Telegraph


Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

You could say things are going well for Elizabeth Debicki. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the 22-year old Australian actor, who is being hailed as the breakout star of The Great Gatsby.

She's been to the Cannes Film Festival for the movie's opening, walked the red carpet at the Sydney premiere and rubbed shoulders with the famous at exclusive events including a Prada dinner hosted by Anna Wintour.

And she's still found time to rehearse for a production of Jean Genet's The Maids for Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett and French film star Isabelle Huppert.

It's enough to go to a girl's head, but Debicki seems unaffected by all the glitz and glamour.

"Someone asked me: 'How do you stay grounded?' " she says. "Well, it's a bit bizarre but I feel very normal. I just feel busy and tired. And happy.""I think that's one of the best things to keep you grounded after a whirlwind press junket: waking up and coming to a theatre rehearsal and standing at the foot of (the play) and saying: 'I'm not sure how to do this'," she says.

"I've been asked if I've been recognised (on the street). The answer is no. I don't look anything like myself in (Gatsby). So life is pretty normal."

She is at the Wharf Theatre, rehearsing Genet's dark play about two maids who act out a fantasy ritual of murdering their mistress.

Genet was inspired by the true story of French servants Christine and Lea Papin, two quiet sisters who in 1933 murdered their mistress and her daughter.

Debicki plays the mistress. She describes starting rehearsals with Blanchett and Huppert as "daunting and thrilling".

"Surreal is my buzzword in my life at the moment. It's very strange when you meet somebody that you've admired for so long," she says.
"I did spend the first few days pinching myself. I kept looking at Cate and Isabelle because I'd watched their films. I'd met Cate before when I came to talk about the play with her and Andrew (Upton). We had a cup of coffee and it was like: 'I'm having coffee with Cate Blanchett'." 

Director Benedict Andrews has no doubt Debicki belongs in their company, describing her as "an astonishing talent" and "the real deal".

Debicki was born in Paris to a Polish father and Australian mother, both classically trained dancers. They moved to Melbourne when she was five, where her mother still runs a dancing school.

She trained as a dancer but by 16 was too tall for ballet - she's 1.9m - so turned to acting. A few months after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010, she was cast in Joanna Murray-Smith's The Gift at Melbourne Theatre Company.

During The Gift, she auditioned for the role of Jordan Baker in Gatsby. Baker is a professional golfer who lives a reckless, glamorous lifestyle.

"It was the most fun I've ever had playing a character," Debicki says. "I think Jordan is a fabulous role. She's just a party girl. There's something really liberating about playing someone who is so reckless. I just inhabited her bold 'whateverness'.

"That was how I survived such a massive shoot. I got amazing costumes, amazing jewellery, great wig. I just had a great time."

Debicki has nothing but praise for the film. "I think it's beautiful. I'm so proud of it," she says.

She's been signed to US agents, but is coy about her future. "I'm really focussing on getting through this play," she says. "Then I can see what the future holds."

The Maids, Sydney Theatre, June 4-July 20. Bookings: 9250 1777

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