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

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Meltdown as Dan Aykroyd turns the air blue, brother

Aykroyd turns the air blue, brother
Blues Brothers and Ghost Busters movie star Dan Aykroyd pictured at The Darling in Pyrmont. Source: News Limited
Annette Sharp, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Stunned Blues Brothers fans could scarcely believe their eyes yesterday when Hollywood star Dan Aykroyd had a public meltdown on the streets of suburban Artarmon.

The star - dressed head to toe in black - was spotted storming out of SBS's Reserve Road headquarters at around noon before charging off on foot in a northerly direction - towards the Artarmon shops, we hear - with a hapless chap at his heels brandishing a bottle of water.

Passers-by report Aykroyd let fly with a stream of expletives - all starting with the letter F - about an incident that had just taken place, presumably inside the television studio.

He concluded with a furious "F***ing Hosebag!!" before the minder managed to persuade him to step out of the midday 35 degree celcius heat and, presumably, out of public view.

Sources later said Aykroyd, who is in Australia to promote his vodka brand, Crystal Head, was frustrated by an interviewer's reluctance to slavishly promote his vodka, a six year labour of love - a condition of interview during his tour.

Confidential has learned Aykroyd was booked to appear on SBS's interview show The Observer Effect with toughened news anchor, Ellen Fanning. SBS publicity was unable to shed any more light on the meltdown.

Similarly the PR company managing his tour, SBPR, could offer little explanation.

A close source said Aykroyd, who has been travelling with his wife and daughter, has been overwhelmingly happy with his Australian PR tour, particularly as this is the world's third biggest market for the brand. He sang with David Campbell on Mornings earlier in the week and has completed a slate of interviews with press, radio and television.

During an interview on Wednesday, Confidential found Aykroyd to be agreeable to discussing his body of film work - provided a bottle of vodka featured prominently in pictures and the brand was mentioned in copy.

Aykroyd, who has been staying at The Darling, was, we understand, in better form last night at a party in his honour for Crystal Head at The Star bar, Rock Lily.

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