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 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

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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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Aussie director James Wan scares up a record-breaking weekend in the US with Insidious 2

Rose Byrne returns for horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2
Rose Byrne returns for horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 Source: Supplied

Vicky Roach, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Insidious: Chapter 2 topped the US box office over the weekend, earning Australian director James Wan a place in the history books.

Opening on Friday the 13th, the horror sequel took an impressive $US41 million, scaring the pants off its nearest competitor (The Family, with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, with an estimated tally of $US15 million).

Wan's The Conjuring also upset industry expectations when it took $US41.9 million in its July opening weekend.

This makes the Saw co-creator only the second director ever to have two films opening with more than $US40 million in the same year, according to the respected US site Box Office Mojo.

The Wachowski brothers managed a similar feat in 2003 with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but there were two of them.

Starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, Insidious 2 tripled its 2010 predecessor's $US13.3 million opening.

The horror sequel, which reportedly had a budget of $US5 million, releases in Australia on November 7.

Wan is currently in Atlanta filming Fast and Furious 7, the next instalment in the hugely successful high-octane action franchise staring Vin Diesel and Jason Statham.

He and Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell attended RMIT together in Melbourne.

The long-time collaborators (Whannell wrote the screenplay for Insidious 2) initially tried to make their breakthrough 2004 film in Australia.

"We really gave it a shot - we spent a year to two years trying to get financing for Saw in Australia and we just couldn't get it off the ground,'' he recalled in an interview with News Corp Australia in July.

The low-budget horror film went on to spawn a hugely successful franchise that has more than $US873 million at the box office worldwide.

Malaysian-born Wan admits to having a healthy respect for the supernatural.

"I was raised with a pretty strict Christian upbringing but coming from an Asian background as well I grew up with a lot of ghost stories and superstition. So from a very young age I was subjected to this world and very much fascinated by it."

Whannell recently collaborated with Angus Samson on Australian crime thriller The Mule, starring Hugo Weaving,

Wan told News Corp Australia that he, too, was keen to return to Australia to work.

"I would love to take a project back to Melbourne. All my family is in Perth so they have been wanting me to shoot something in Western Australia.

"I have been talking to Vin Diesel quite a bit recently and we were talking about Coober Pedy where he shot Pitch Black."

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