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

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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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Kathy Griffin will get her chance to laugh at Australia during the Just For Laughs festival along with Rob Schneider and Tommy Tiernan

American comedian Kathy Griffin loves Australian audiences.
American comedian Kathy Griffin loves Australian audiences. Source: Supplied

Jonathon Moran, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Controversial American comedian Kathy Griffin will let it fly when she performs here next month, tackling subjects as diverse as Nicole Kidman's forehead to Mel Gibson's backyard church.

The star of reality series, Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List, will headline the annual Just For Laughs festival at the Sydney Opera House.

"I will not be censored in any way,'' Griffin tells Insider on the phone from her Los Angeles home.

"I will be making fun of people, places and things. I am going to just let it fly. There is so much we have to discuss, from the Kardashian baby I don't care about, to the royal baby I don't care about. I don't know why we have to care about everyone's baby.''

Griffin, 52, is one of America's most recognisable comedians, having won two Emmy Awards and been nominated for five Grammys.

As an actor she has appeared in Seinfeld, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The X Files, Ugly Betty and Ru Paul's Drag Race.

She's known for speaking her mind, most often about other celebrities, accompanied by her witty candid observations on popular culture.

Even Griffin is not immune from her acerbic tongue, poking fun at being single as well as all the plastic surgery she's undertaken.

"I fear the election that I will be arriving after,'' she says. "I don't want you to go far right. I enjoyed when you had the ranga (former Prime Minister Julia Gillard) because I could say ranga at every show. And who knows what will happen between now and the middle of October with any of Justin Bieber's cars. There is a lot we have to cover.''

Wasn't Griffin dating Justin Bieber for a nanosecond?

"He is a little old for me so I had to kick him to the curb,'' she laughs. "I had to call Selena Gomez and say, 'take him back, he's too needy'.''

Also playing the Just For Laughs festival, which runs from October 16-20 at the Opera House, is Deuce Bigalow star Rob Schneider and Irish funnyman Tommy Tiernan.

Rove McManus will host the event and Griffin has been brushing up on local current affairs ahead of the tour.

Perusing websites on Australia's most loved and loathed celebrities, Griffin found Kyle Sandilands tops the list of disliked celebs which also features Matthew Newton, Pauline Hanson and John Laws.

"What has he (Sandilands) done that makes him so loathed?'' she asks.

Hugh Jackman is at the other end of the list as our most loved.

"Now the gays want Hugh more than women. Women obviously find him attractive but they really want him and I will tell you why, they don't want Russell Crowe any more, he is too chubby.''

Mel Gibson didn't make the list but Griffin pleads for us to take him back. ``

"He walks around Malibu getting in fights with people, he looks like he's on steroids, he has a church in his backyard, you've got to take him back,'' she says.

Griffin's personal favourites include Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue and Nicole Kidman.

"Being someone who has had a face, I do love Nicole Kidman's old forehead,'' she says. "And I like that you can now divide Nicole Kidman into body parts or facial zones.''

Truthfully though, Griffin likes Australian audiences because they "allow me to take the piss out of things''.

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