POWERFUL MOVIE: Olga Kurylenko and Russell Crowe in a scene from The Water Diviner.
POWERFUL MOVIE: Olga Kurylenko and Russell Crowe in a scene from The Water Diviner. Mark Rogers

Host of delights on list at Moncrieff

WOW, what an amazing week in cinema.

There are some sensational movies on offer at the moment, and we are getting them all.

Large audience numbers were drawn to The Water Diviner, and a surprise gem of a movie, the lesser-known (with a brilliant certain Oscar nomination performance by Bill Murray) St Vincent.

Audiences pouring out of the doors had tears in their eyes and were full of praise for both movies.

Responding to lots of phone calls from people wanting to see The Water Diviner, we can confirm the big news that the MEC will bring it back for another run of a week.

Don't miss it this time and let your friends and family know. Details below.

The first of Bundaberg Regional Council's free Community Movies was presented on Monday.

The Australian movie, The Healing, attracted an audience of more than 400, who were deeply moved. More teary eyes.

Live Music lovers rejoice; The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Around the World performed by ACO2 and starring international director and acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid. Embracing much-loved works in the string repertoire, Around the World takes the audience on a journey through America, Russia and Germany, culminating in a voyage through Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Maputo with Berger's Metropoles Suite for violin and strings.

Benjamin Schmid is a recipient of the German Record Prize, the Echo Klassik, the Gramophone Editor's Choice and the Strad Selection and has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

One-off musical experience live on stage at the MEC on Saturday, May 23, at 4.30pm. Tickets on sale now.

And now something special for the kids who watch them on ABC TV, The Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield will be live on stage July 7. The story: Captain Barnacles and his trusty crew join forces with a host of colourful Australian reef dwellers on a mission to save the Great Barrier Reef.

When the Octonauts deploy a new undersea medical station designed to keep the reef clean and healthy, they discover a problem that threatens the reef dwellers and their home.

An outbreak of spiky and very hungry Crown of Thorns Starfish is on their way to eat the reef. It will take all the Octonauts, their Gups, and a rag-tag crew of sea creatures to ward off the advancing starfish and save the Great Barrier Reef. Tickets are on sale soon.

Contact the MEC for information on 41304100.

The MEC wants to engage more with you, the local community.

There is now an opportunity to become involved in some of the interesting subjects and issues raised in our programming of events, activities and movies. Whenever contemporary issues or topics we think might be of interest come up, we will be sending a broad invitation to participate in a series of discussion forums around these issues and subjects.

The first open forum is associated with the subject of the new Angelina Jolie directed movie Unbroken (M) on Saturday, February 14, at 4.30pm (before the feature movie) in the MEC auditorium. We are inviting people interested in listening to stories and discussion about the experiences of POWs and, of course, the greatest human skill, our resilience to survive. Attendance is free.

After the forum participants will get one complimentary ticket to the movie Unbroken (M). The second forum will discuss the issues around the movie Still Alice, the story of a person diagnosed with dementia.

Movies beginning Thursday, February 12:

Unbroken (M) 2hr 22 min; Synopsis: As a boy, Louis "Louie" Zamperini is always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and channels his energy into running, later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When the Second World War breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific, he survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favourite target of a particularly cruel prison commander. Directed by Angelina Jolie, and starring Jack O'Connell. A gripping retelling of the book and contains violent scenes.

Returning to the screen: The Water Diviner, rated M, running time 1 hr 56 min, drama; An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. Starring Russell Crowe and Isabel Lucas, this is a great script and a beautifully filmed movie.

You already know the MEC has the best homemade ice-creams in town.

Here is some exciting news: There are two new killer flavours: Salty Caramel and Coconut. Get one as you pass by or enjoy this treat at a movie or show. Visit: www.moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au.