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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Ita Buttrose signed to Channel Ten for new morning show

Ita Buttrose
(Left to Right) Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Hamish McLennan; Ita Buttrose; Network Director of Morning Television, Adam Boland. Source: Supplied

Amy Harris, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Ita Buttrose is about to tell morning TV audiences exactly how it is.

The media legend and Australian of the Year has been signed by Channel 10 as the headline act for a new morning show.

The show is the first salvo from a network gearing up for another fully fledged tilt at the lucrative TV timeslot.

The first name signed to front the as yet unnamed chat-style panel program, Buttrose finally inked a deal last week that will place her in the first bonafide TV hosting role of her career at age 71.

In what will surely capture the attention of Ten's commercial network rivals, Buttrose told The Sunday Telegraph she has no plans to hold back.

"I'm quite outspoken about everything, really, being who I am and being the age that I am now," Buttrose said with a laugh. "I'm like anyone, really. I'll hear something that infuriates me and like anyone I say: 'Well, that's ridiculous.'

"So I plan on saying whatever I want and I'm sure I will be able to say whatever I want. Fearless and forthright is probably the best way to describe it."

Buttrose, whose career took an upswing in 2011 with the ABC's Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, will front one of two programs slated to debut later this year on Ten as part of its much-heralded return to the breakfast market, following the disastrous dalliance with the since-axed Breakfast last year.

Her program will go head to head with Seven's top-rated duo Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies on The Morning Show and Nine's combination of Sonia Kruger and David Campbell, who front the improved Mornings.

Already it's clear Ten's new head of morning television Adam Boland is set to buck the formula with a veteran female anchor at the helm.

The appointment clearly fits in to Ten's grand plan - heralded by new boss Hamish McLennan - to target an older demographic.

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