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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Melbourne-made thriller I, Frankenstein hits screens

Aaron Eckhart filming at night in Melbourne's Flinders Lane.
Aaron Eckhart filming at night in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. Source: News Limited


Neala Johnson, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Remember that time supernatural forces fought a war for the future of the human race on the streets of Melbourne?

The first trailer for I, Frankenstein has been released, showcasing Aaron Eckhart as Adam, the monster of Mary Shelley's legend, locked in just such a battle.

Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Erin Brokovich, Olympus Has Fallen) and British star Bill Nighy joined Australians Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney in Melbourne from February through to April 2012 to shoot the film with local writer-director Stuart Beattie.

The comic book adaptation will be released in Australia on January 23.Talking to News Corp Australia while shooting the movie, Eckhart called I, Frankenstein "a historically based movie that has nothing to do with history".

"It's gonna be a crazy movie," he added. In the story, Frankenstein's monster Adam is more than 200 years old. He is unwillingly drawn into Nighy's modern-day plot to build more monsters and wipe humans off the face of the Earth.

Courtney (who shot this film after working with Tom Cruise but before teaming up with Bruce Willis) transforms from gargoyle into man in the trailer. So too does Otto, who is on the side of the humans. Strahovski plays a scientist who works for bad guy Nighy, but gives aid - and perhaps a little romance - to Adam.

She tells Adam: "You're only a monster if you behave like one."

It's difficult to play 'Spot the Melbourne landmark' with the trailer, given the abundance of special effects and unremitting darkness of it all, but we do know that night-time scenes were shot in Flinders Lane and the long-empty Argus building.

The latter, on the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe streets, appears to be the setting for an epic fight scene.

However most of the film was shot on-set at Docklands Studios.

Eckhart, who spent time in Sydney in his youth, immersed himself in the Melbourne lifestyle while making his first film Down Under."

I live right in the city so I'm able to interact always with people. It's the only way. It's a modern city," he said.

"I've got a car so I've gone everywhere from Sorrento to Bells (Beach), I've been to the Australian Open, I went to the F1, I went to see Pink Floyd ... Melbourne's just got so many cultural activities to offer, always there's something going on.

"But the self-confessed "low-maintenance" American said all he really needed to feel at home in the city was "good coffee and somewhere to sit".

I, Frankenstein isn't the only movie about the monster on the way - James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe begin shooting their Frankenstein with director Paul McGuigan in November. It's due for release next October.

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