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:
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.es and Amazon.it

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in new WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as Julian Assange with Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the WikiLeaks thriller The Fifth Estate. Source: AP
 News Limited reports

Benedict Cumberbatch has undergone a striking transformation to play Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the new trailer for controversial WikiLeaks movie "The Fifth Estate" reveals.

The Sherlock star tackles Julian Assange's internationally-tinged Australian accent with skill, but Assage is unlikely to be impressed. The Wikileaks founder has slammed the film as propaganda designed to fan the flames of a war against Iran.

Cumberbatch is completely transformed for the role, donning a silver wig to match Assange's distinctive hair, and accurately capturing the whistleblower's mannerisms.

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. But if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth," he tells an adoring crowd in his Australian accent.

"Courage is contagious", he says.

The film charts the rise of WikiLeaks, tackling the US response and Assange's growing ego. It is based on former WikiLeaks staffer Daniel Domscheit-Berg's tell-all book WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website.

The trailer for the thriller shows Assange watching US military video of American soldiers killing unarmed journalists in Iraq, taking on oppressive regimes, going after corrupt bankers as well as the massive leaking of US government documents. It also may touch on Assange's sexual assault allegations, with a shot of him unbuttoning his shirt with a woman.

Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci also star as US officials desperate to stop the leaking of state secrets. The film is released in the US in November, but there is no Australian release date yet.

Earlier this year, Assange criticised the film after getting hold of a copy of the script.

"It is a mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks the organisation," Assange told students in Oxford via a video-link from the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

"But it is not just an attack against us - it is an attack against Iran.

"It fans the flames to start a war with Iran."

The 41-year-old said the opening scene was set in a military complex in Tehran and showed Iran was working on an atomic weapon.

But in reality, the United States' own intelligence agencies had confirmed Iran didn't have a nuclear weapons program, he said.

"It's a lie upon a lie. Everything we see, read and hear is produced for a purpose."

Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of sexual assault against two women.

He is avoiding extradition by remaining inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London after being granted asylum by the Latin American nation.

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