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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Thor, Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston turns Loki, the fallen Prince of Asgard, into an iconic cinematic villain

                        ,  and  actor Tom Hiddleston at the Channel 7 studio in Martin Place. Picture: Tim Hunter
Actor Tom Hiddleston at the Channel 7 studio in Martin Place. Picture: Tim Hunter Source: News Limited

Maria Lewis, The Daily Telegraph, reports

It has only been a few years since Tom Hiddleston debuted as Marvel villain Loki in Thor but already his portrayal has become one of the most iconic cinematic villains. Post the blockbuster success of superhero team-up Avengers - which has now grossed over $2 billion - Hiddleston has donned Loki's golden headdress for the third time alongside Chris Hemsworth in Thor: The Dark World."It honestly feels like the greatest privilege," said the 32-year-old, who arrived in Sydney yesterday to promote the film. "When I was first cast in 2009 I don't think beyond very diehard, passionate comic book fans Loki was a particularly known character - especially as a Marvel bad guy." The fact that people know who he is, I'm very touched and flattered by it."

Like The Joker, Dracula and Hannibal Lecter, fans have rallied behind the villainous Loki just as strongly as they have the protagonists like Iron Man and Captain America.

For Hiddleston - who comes from a strong Shakespearean background as a stage actor - he "can't explain" the hysteria surrounding the fallen Prince of Asgard.

"I never expected it," he said.

"From going back to the first stage with Kenneth Branagh (Thor director) and Chris Hemsworth and sitting around a table and building this story together, to evolving the character with Joss Whedon, I'm intensely grateful for the way fans have latched on to it. It would be ungracious not to be.

"Actors love to tell stories playing different characters and it's all for nothing if there's no audience."

At the beginning of Thor 2 he said "it's no secret" that Loki has been incarcerated and thrown into the "deepest, darkest dungeons of Asgard".

Hiddleston said he was able to draw from his experience visiting a high-security prison as part of a drama program and that he was "fascinated by the effect incarnation has on the mind". In the meantime, the Midnight In Paris actor is teaming up with another Aussie - Mia Wasikowska - on "spooky" horror film Crimson Peak. Directed by Guillermo del Toro - who is also behind his "favourite film of the summer" Pacific Rim - Hiddleston said he is also a massive fan of the filmmaker's The Simpsons intro for Treehouse Of Horror. Del Toro's crazy Simpson's intro "That was hilarious, I liked the Lisa in Wonderland piece. He is so brilliant. He's one of the most broad-minded, curious, searching, excitable, diligent and gifted filmmakers I've ever met." Thor: The Dark World is released in cinemas on October 31.

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