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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The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

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Big Read: Winners and Losers' Zoe Tuckwell-Smith expecting a baby

Zoe Tuckwell-Smith has much to smile about. Picture: David Cook
Zoe Tuckwell-Smith has much to smile about. Picture: David Cook Source: Supplied

Colin Vickery, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Sometimes life imitates art.

Just ask Zoe Tuckwell-Smith.

The Aussie actor spent most of last year padded up to play the pregnant Bec (Rebecca) Gilbert on Winners and Losers.

Now Tuckwell-Smith is pregnant in real life. She and long-time partner, actor and director Damon Gameau, revealed in June that they were expecting their first child.

Here's hoping Tuckwell-Smith has a happier time in the aftermath of her baby's arrival than her TV character.

Bec has spent most of this year's third series of the Channel 7 drama getting over the death of her husband, Matt O'Connor (Blair McDonough).

Matt died after a tragic accident. He was working on the block of land in the country where the couple planned to build their dream home when an acetylene tank exploded and he was engulfed in flames.

Bec has also had to cope with the revelation that before his death, Matt had been cheating on her with nemesis Tiffany Turner (Michaela Banas).

Bec is raising baby son Harrison with the help of her ex-boyfriend, Doug Graham (Tom Wren), who happens to be the boy's biological father.

This week's Winners and Losers showed Bec at a crossroads. She has decided to sell her salon and start a new chapter in life.

"Bec has been through the wringer," Tuckwell-Smith says.

"She has been through all the possible lows that life can throw at you.

"Losing Matt in such a traumatic way, raising a child pretty much on her own - the only way is up really.

"What we're about to see from Bec is that she is going through a transition phase into a fresh start. There is the possibility of a brighter future and also a more honest future.

"She can no longer deny that her relationship with Matt was not the ideal she had imagined in her heart.

"She always envisaged a long-term future with Matt and now she's got a blank canvas."

There are more than a few echoes of Bec's dilemma in the recent series of Offspring. Like Bec, Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) faces life as a single mother after the shock death of her partner.

Some pundits are predicting that Offspring viewers, already traumatised by the passing of anaesthetist Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez), may shy away from next year's series because it could be too upsetting.

The makers of Winners and Losers have been able to offset Bec's dark storylines with sunnier storylines featuring friends Sophie Wong (Melanie Vallejo), Jenny Gross (Melissa Bergland) and Frances James (Virginia Gay).

This year the show has also introduced Katherine Hicks (Rescue Special Ops) as Jenny's half-sister Sam McKenzie.

Tuckwell-Smith hasn't been afraid to take Bec to some dark places. In fact, she has relished it.

"Our show in the past has always been very happy-go-lucky so I have felt proud to be able to bring a bit more depth to the character and show her evolution. I hope I have done it just. I haven't been through half the things she's been through.

"I did a lot of reading about people who had lost relatives and loved ones suddenly and how they had lived through it.

"It was really humbling to read true accounts of what people go through.

"I really enjoyed doing that justice - bringing a voice to some of the darker experiences of life, but also showing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel - that people can overcome huge tragedy."

Tuckwell-Smith was recently photographed showing off her baby bump as she dined with close friends at a Bondi cafe.

Tuckwell-Smith says acting out Bec's pregnancy last year was a "practice run" for the real-life event.

Fans will remember that Bec had a home birth, surrounded by Sophie (who delivered the baby), Jenny and Frances.

"This pregnancy is much more delightful than anything Bec went through," Tuckwell-Smith laughs.

"(For a start) I'm pregnant to someone I actually love. It has been wonderful. Damon and I are so happy. We're really excited about being parents. We feel very lucky. I've been very well."

Tuckwell-Smith's pregnancy isn't expected to affect filming of Winners and Losers if it goes to a fourth season.

Series three wrapped in July. Seven hasn't announced a fourth series yet though the ratings have been encouraging with an average of more than one million viewers nationally per episode.

If series four does go ahead, filming wouldn't start until January at the very earliest.

"I couldn't have timed this pregnancy better if I'd tried," Tuckwell-Smith says.

"It is hard to tell what happens with a child. You can't know. Hopefully it will be straight back in (to work on Winners and Losers) and it will flow smoothly.

"It (baby) will have so many aunties. Virginia, Melanie, Melissa and I are very close and when Katherine came along we welcomed her with open arms because she is hilarious and a great actor.

"That has made the job over the last three years really easy. There is nothing like turning up to work when the environment is relaxed and everyone is compatible.

"Winners and Losers is not like Neighbours or Home and Away where you can see it going on indefinitely.

"Hopefully we've got a couple more seasons in us. Who knows what the future will hold?"

Tuckwell-Smith reckons there is still plenty to explore in Bec's life journey.

"Bec has always been very good," Tuckwell-Smith explains.

"She's done the right thing. I guess I like that about her - that goodness in her.

"Now that is tempered with reality. She always had clear definitions of what was right and wrong and now she is left with a grey area - that Matt wasn't the love she necessarily thought. She's had the edges knocked off her. She's more accepting of life's uncertainty and its imperfections.

"That makes her more relaxed and a bit more accepting of other people's imperfections. She used to be judgmental, but now she's more understanding of other people's foibles.

"She is also a bit more fun. Going through something that rough (Matt's death), it makes you appreciate life more."

Winners and Losers, Channel 7, Tuesday, 8.50pm

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