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:

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The Mint shop, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2416

Hyde Park Barracks shop, Queen Square, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2311

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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

Boobook on Owen, 1/68 Owen Street, Huskisson - Ph: (02) 4441 8585

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Angelina Jolie to film drama Unbroken in Australia

Australia bound ... Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
Australia bound ... Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) Source: Getty Images
Amy Harris, The Daily Telegraph, reports

A few days after a top-secret visit to Sydney, movie star-turned-director Angelina Jolie is set to relocate here for several months to shoot her WW2 drama Unbroken.

Angelina Jolie, 39, was slated to shoot most of the flick in Hawaii however Honolulu press have confirmed a small production office at the Waikiki Marriott has been shutdown with the project now set to shoot predominantly in Australia.

And cameras could start rolling as early as September with Jolie likely to travel here with her famed celebrity hubby Brad Pitt and their six children.

It comes after The Sunday Telegraph reported Jolie toured potential film locations in Sydney and on the Gold Coast during a whistlestop visit last week, solving the riddle on her 'mystery visit'.

Unbroken, her second directorial effort following her upcoming debut The Land Of Blood And Honey, is based on the true survival story of American track star Louis Zamperini whose plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

Much of the film is set on a floating life raft in the Pacific Ocean - where Zamperini spent almost two months - and it's understood Jolie could shoot much of this at the Gold Coast's Warner Bros. Studios which has the largest purpose-built film water tank in Australia with a surface area of 1200sqm.

Jolie also toured several sites in NSW last week including Fox Studios at Moore Park and parts of Sydney's surrounding hinterland.

Universal Pictures this morning confirmed Jolie was scouting locations last week but was unable to add any further information.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Screen Actor's Guild in Hawaii expressed his disappointment at the film's switch of location.

"It is disappointing that a film of that credibility and that magnitude is at least drawing back from its full involvement with Hawaii. But we'll hope that they still will be able to salvage some work for our people," local SAG president David Farmer told Hawaii News Now.

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