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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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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Guy Sebastian set for US move after signing deal with US label Cherry

 Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian pictured at his recording studios. Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source: News Limited

The Daily Telegraph reports

Guy Sebastian looks set for a career in the US, signing a record deal this week.

The Sydney based singer has signed a deal with a company called Cherry.

"I've just signed a deal so we will see how it goes, literally just two days ago," he told Confidential. "It's exciting."

Sebastian, 31, will soon travel to the US to begin working on his next album.

It is a decade since he won the very first Australian Idol, beating Shannon Noll to the title and instant national stardom.

It's been a good 10 years, he said.

"When I think about how much I've crammed into a decade, I've done seven albums, tonnes of tours, it's been full on," he said.

"We've (he and wife Jules) had a kid (son, Hudson) and gone through heaps of ups and downs. It feels like 10 years, it really does."

Out of all of the Australian Idol alumni, Sebastian has arguably enjoyed the most success here and overseas. The same can be said for original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who also became a huge international star.

But despite making an impression on the US market with his Lupe Fiasco collaboration, Battle Scars, Sebastian is yet to fully crack the hugely competitive but potentially highly lucrative American charts.

He's also had some success in the US with his songs Who's That Girl (featuring Eve) and Like It Like That. Signing with Cherry could well be his ticket to mainstream success there.

Meanwhile, Sebastian's wife is a stylist and has her own show on MTV called Style Me and was nominated for an ASTRA Award last week.

"Jules is a natural," he said.

"She is really funny, and it was shot really well. I'm a proud hubby, she is a good sort as well."

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