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!


Subscribe to the blog and keep up with all the latest Aussie film and entertainment news. Read about what the stars are up to, who's in town, what movies are currently filming or being promoted. Locate us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sydneyonscreen and "like" our page!

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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Space-age Hawko's stellar night at 11th annual Astra awards

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Jennifer Hawkins at the 11th Annual ASTRA Awards. Picture: Richard Dobson Source: DailyTelegraph

Jonathon Moran, The Daily Telegraph, reports

For someone with a history of wardrobe malfunctions, Jennifer Hawkins chose a daring design for the ASTRA awards last night.

The newlywed wore an exceptionally low cut white cutaway Galanni dress with a Barbarella-style clear and black plastic arrangement to protect her modesty.

She completed the look with white heels and a gold bracelet to match her Givenchy clutch and looked simply dazzling on the red carpet.

The star of Australia’s Next Top Model was joined by a number of her catwalk hopefuls and the pick of subscription TV stars at the Sydney Theatre, in Walsh Bay.

"This is my first ASTRA's," she said. "I have heard they are a lot of fun."

Megan Gale wore a pale pink Alex Perry creation the designer "whipped up in just two days".

"He has killed it," she said. "He always does. It is going to be a great night. I missed the after party last year but I heard it was a blast."

Of the dress, Perry said: "It is not hard, you could wrap Megan Gale up in a plastic bag and she would look amazing. It is the ultimate job dressing her."

As for the actual awards, it was a strong night for local production Tangle,  which scooped the pool with three major ASTRAs.

As well as being named most outstanding drama, up against big budget international productions The Walking Dead, Justified and Dripping In Chocolate, the show scored two other awards.

Catherine McClements won most outstanding actress for her portrayal of Christine Williams on the critically acclaimed show.

And 21-year-old Lincoln Younes beat industry veterans David Wenham and Dan Wyllie to win his first major award, named most outstanding actor for his performance on the show.

"It was the first ever job and the first audition I did so I obviously have a lot of good memories with this," Younes said. "To just be nominated in that class of actors is an honour so I'm very happy."

Working with the likes of Justine Clarke, Kat Stewart, Matt Day, Don Hany and Ben Mendelsohn on the show was a daunting prospect for the young actor, who is now a regular cast member on soap, Home and Away.

"It was intimidating but it made me step up quicker," Younes said. "I learnt fast but I also learnt from the best. I'm very grateful for having been around such amazing actors."

Tangle ran over three seasons and 22 episodes on Foxtel's Showcase channel and is now being repeated on Soho. Unfortunately for fans, the show has run its course.

"Everyone in the cast wished there was a fourth season and a lot of the audience did as well but I think it is done and dusted now so tonight is like the last hurrah," Younes said, wearing a loaned Burberry suit he said made him "feel like a fraud because I've never worn anything that expensive or cool before".

The popularity of home renovation shows was also confirmed by a bumper haul last night as Selling Houses Australia trumped its rivals to take home three major gongs.

It won favourite Australian program, as well as scoring best male and female presenter nods respectively for Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze.

"It wasn't that long ago that a lot of the property shows were being cut back," Winter told The Daily Telegraph.

"The Block disappeared and came back. They've bounced back now (to better ratings) than they ever were."

The 46-year-old real estate agent was up against some fairly high-profile competition in subscription television's annual night-of-nights, including Rove McManus, Paul Murray, Matty Johns, Peter Maddison and Danny Clayton.

After the UK version of Selling Houses was axed, Foxtel commissioned the Australian series, which is now in production for its seventh season.

"The passion people have for these shows is increasing, especially in the tough times for property," said Blaze, an interior designer and also a judge on The Block, who beat the likes of Deborah Hutton, Megan Gale and Carissa Walford in the category.

"People don't want to make mistakes so they are looking at these shows to give them guidance and to see you can add value to your property."

Grand Designs, presented by designer and writer Kevin McCloud, rounded out the home renovation whitewash by nabbing Favourite International Program. The result comes at a time when Seven's House Rules and Nine's The Block: Sky High have been ratings winners on free TV.

Veteran film critic and television presenter Bill Collins was honoured with the inaugural ASTRA lifetime achievement award.
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True Blood's Joe Manganiello with Bridget Peters at the 11th Annual ASTRA Awards. Picture: Richard Dobson Source: DailyTelegraph

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