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

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Cate Blanchett's conspiracy thriller Blackbird moves to the US after director David Mamet location scouted in Sydney

Cate Blanchett arrives at the Blue Jasmine premier in Deauville, France. Picture: Getty
Cate Blanchett arrives at the Blue Jasmine premier in Deauville, France. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Vicky Roach, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Cate Blanchett's JFK conspiracy thriller Blackbird, due to start filming in Australia in January, has moved offshore.

Writer-director David Mamet, who visited Sydney last week to scout locations, has decided to relocate the shoot to the US, according to Inside Film magazine.

The news comes just weeks after Blanchett confirmed the project had been green lit.

"We've been talking for a couple of years about doing this, so I'm thrilled it's actually happening,'' she said in Sydney during an interview to promote the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, for which she is a hot favourite for an Oscar nomination.

"(Mamet) wouldn't be coming here if the crews weren't magnificent.''

Blanchett landed her first major stage role opposite Geoffrey Rush in the acclaimed 1992 Sydney Theatre production of Mamet's Oleanna, for which she won a critics award for best newcomer.

Blackbird would have been the first feature the 44-year-old actor had shot in Australia since Cabramatta crime drama Little Fish, with Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving, in 2005.

The harbour city would have doubled as Los Angeles in the film.

Penned by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-turned filmmaker, it's the story of woman who discovers some dark family secrets when she attends the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for US special ops agencies

Two other high profile international projects, however, are still due to start filming in the coming months.

Angelina Jolie's drama Unbroken, starring Jack O'Connell as US Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, rolls out on October 21, according to IF.

And the Kate Winslet and Judy Davis tragicomedy The Dressmaker begins production in rural Victoria early next year.

Set in the outback in the 1950s and billed as a gothic tale of love, hate and haute couture, it will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof).

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