Australia has played host to a number of major Hollywood movies by providing lush environments and scenic backdrops as locations in films. Sydney movies are filmed in the heart of the city's central business district. Buildings and skyscrapers are eminent figures in Sydney movies such as "Superman Returns", "The Matrix" and "Mission Impossible 2".
Movies and scenes that are shot in Sydney
Sydney movies showcase not just the structural innovations of the city but also the atmosphere and authentic feel the back roads and old houses in other parts of the city can convey. Certain Sydney movies have used locations such as streets in scenes that are low-key. The suburbs are also choice locations for Sydney movies, as shown in the film "You, Me, and Dupree", starring Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon.
Famous landmarks of the city are usually portrayed in Sydney movies. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge have been used extensively in Sydney movies; these two landmarks are often seen in one scene or shot as they lie next to teach other. These landmarks were made popular by Sydney movies such as the animated film "Finding Nemo".
The latest Superman flick, "Superman Returns", was shot mostly in Sydney and nearby localities. Like most Sydney movies, the production team of Superman Returns converted some landmarks and buildings in the city These were then disguised thinly through labels and signs as belonging to the mythical city of Metropolis.
Famous actors in Sydney movies
Sydney movies not only popularised landmarks and the structural accomplishments of the city but also exhibited the prowess of Australian-grown talent. Notable Australian theater and film thespians such as Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Toni Collette and Russell Crowe are also made famous through Sydney movies.
Local Sydney movies
Sydney movies made by local Australian film outfits are the first to benefit from the various rich land and cityscapes that can be found in the city. As landmarks and buildings increased in popularity with foreign tourists, film production companies from abroad started shooting Sydney movies in the city as well.
Australian tourism has taken advantage of the locations used in Sydney movies and have arranged guided tours and walks around the city. These tours let visitors see the locations in Sydney movies that they only see in the big screen. The history of buildings and structures used in Sydney movies are told by seasoned guides.
A Sydney movies touring outfit organises walking tours of the locations used in Sydney movies. Role playing various characters from Sydney movies are popular activities for those who partake of the tours.