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:

Travel Concierge, Sydney International Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall (between gates A/B and C/D), Mascot - Ph: 1300 40 20 60

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

Travel Up! (travel counter) c/o Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph (02) 9288 7888

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

NSW, interstate and international customers can order copies of Sydney on Screen using PayPal. Contact us at sydneyonscreen@hotmail.com to inquire about cost and shipping fees.

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Underbelly and House Husbands star Gyton Grantley handles the jump from television to musicals in South Pacific

 Gyton Grantley and fellow cast members during the Brisbane season of South Pacific. Picture: Peter Wallis
Gyton Grantley and fellow cast members during the Brisbane season of South Pacific. Picture: Peter Wallis Source: News Limited

Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

Never having been in a musical before, Gyton Grantley admits he felt a bit out of his depth when he did his first audition for Opera Australia's South Pacific.

"I could only say it was an experience,'' he says with a laugh. "I'd come into the audition with a fair idea of how I was going to sing the song and that was completely wrong, not what they wanted, so there were quite a few adjustments. I guess it was the most vulnerable I'd ever felt in an audition, it was terrifying. But to my surprise they asked me to audition again.''

He did the second one via Skype with his iPad propped up on the barbecue in his parent's Brisbane backyard where the internet signal was strongest. Neighbours began calling to ask about the crazy American shouting in the garden.

To his delight, Grantley landed the role of comic rogue Luther Billis - the wheeling-dealing sailor who is forever on the make but also hopelessly devoted to nurse Nellie Forbush.

Taking over from Eddie Perfect, Grantley received glowing reviews when he performed in the Brisbane season in January.

Now he is to play Billis when OA's acclaimed product­ion, starring Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, returns to Sydney by popular demand.

Grantley is best known for his television work, notably his Logie Award-winning performance as convicted killer and drug trafficker Carl Williams in Underbelly and, more recently, as the gay, gentle Kane in House Husbands.

He will be reprising both roles. In January, he begins shooting the third season of House Husbands. Right now, he is filming Fat Tony & Co - "hence the 15kg I've put on during the last few months'', he says. Fat Tony & Co follows on from the first season of Underbelly. Focusing on Tony Mokbel, it covers Melbourne's gangland wars from 1996 to 2011 and includes Williams' murder in jail in 2010.

Meanwhile, Grantley is enjoying South Pacific so much he's keen to do another musical. "Never before have I felt such a wonderful sense of community as in the world of musical theatre. It's a real family," he says. "But I'm lucky that Billis is mostly an acting part and when I'm required to sing and dance I am supported by the entire ensemble."

South Pacific, Sydney Opera House, September 8 - November 2. Bookings: 9250 7777

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