On Location: The woman in the red dress

I’m currently in Sydney for the Sydney Film Festival, and for the world premiere of a little old documentary named Winter At Westbeth (2015). The premiere was this morning, and I’m delighted to say it was received very well indeed!

In the mean time, whilst I’m in the grand city of Sydney between showings of films, I thought I’d share this film location with you all that I found today.

As it turns out, Sydney is like a religious site for fans of The Matrix (1999). So much of the film was shot here, with many key scenes featuring the streets and buildings of the city. But at the intersection of Pitt St and Martin Place, a mere moment’s walk to the Harbour Bridge, you’ll find a location of one of the (many) iconic scenes of the film – the fountain in front of which the woman in the red dress strolls confidently. The woman in the red dress is certainly beautiful, but she’s actually a part of the Matrix training programme, designed to distract. Conversely, the fountain in real life looks like any old fountain. Still, it’s a bit of fun to find some film history out in the open, which many wouldn’t immediately recognise.

I’m back in Melbourne on Sunday, so regular Film Grimoire programming shall recommence then!


  1. That’s fantastic news Anna!! And interesting too, I didn’t know that about The Matrix πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks heaps Emma! Yeah, it turns out that pretty much all of the exterior city scenes are filmed somewhere in Sydney. It’s a pretty special city!

  2. I didn’t realise that The Matrix was filmed in Sydney!

    1. Me neither, until I started looking into it. Unfortunately not too many good films are shot in Melbourne!

  3. I hope you also find the AWA radio tower near Wynyard and the tunnel at Argyle street, where Vivid is also happening if you are on a Matrix sighting tour.

    1. Those are actually two places I ran into during my Sydney wanderings! πŸ˜€ The tunnel was right by a place where we went for film stuff, but we ran into the AWA tower completely by accident! It was pretty funny.

      1. Have you been to New York? You would go nuts looking for all the locations πŸ™‚

  4. Good eye!

    1. Thanks! πŸ˜€ Finding film locations is such a nerdy hobby but I do love it.

  5. sounds like fun. hope u enjoy the FF!

    1. Thanks Rob! It was really fun! Can’t wait for Melbourne International Film Festival.

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