Moncrieff cinema operations manager Debbie Derepas and Assistant District General of Rotary Bundaberg Bob Gallagher are getting ready for Rotary’s Polio Challenge movie premiere of Conviction.
Moncrieff cinema operations manager Debbie Derepas and Assistant District General of Rotary Bundaberg Bob Gallagher are getting ready for Rotary’s Polio Challenge movie premiere of Conviction. Scottie Simmonds

Moncrieff's blockbuster premiere

SEVEN Rotary clubs in the region have pulled off an incredible film industry coup by getting permission to host the premiere of Hilary Swank's latest Hollywood blockbuster, Conviction.

The movie has been released to Rotary clubs across the nation a week before its release to mainstream movie theatres, in an effort to raise funds and increase awareness to eradicate polio.

Rotary Assistant District Governor Bob Gallagher said it was the first time he had been involved in a charity event of this calibre, which had taken the co-ordination of Bundaberg, Childers and Bargara clubs.

“The Rotary Foundation is looking for avenues to raise funds towards the Polio Challenge, and this was one of the ideas they came up with,” he said.

“This is the first premiere of a Hollywood blockbuster with an Academy Award winner.”

Mr Gallagher said Rotary had been involved in the Polio Challenge for 25 years and it was an issue that was very close to their hearts.

“We're at a stage where we're so close (to eradicating polio),” he said.

“We are $500 million away, we estimate.”

The premiere will be held at the Moncrieff Theatre on Wednesday, February 23, at 7pm.

Conviction tells the true story of a sister's unwavering devotion to her brother, Kenny.

When Betty Anne Waters' (Swank) older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison, Betty Anne dedicates her life to overturning his murder conviction.

Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and finally law school in an 18-year quest to free Kenny.

The movie also stars Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell.

People are urged to pre-book tickets to the film, which will go on sale on Tuesday, February 1. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for concessions.



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