Directors: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Taglines: Addict. Homosexual. Cat burglar. Actor. Aboriginal. Jack Charles.
Storyline: Provocative, funny and profoundly moving, Bastardy is the
inspirational story of one man’s journey into the light. For
forty years and with infectious humour and optimism, Jack
Charles has juggled a life of crime with another successful
career – acting. Since founding the first Aboriginal theatre
company in the 1970s, Jack has performed with Australia’s most
renowned actors and directors in feature films, TV series and
hundreds of plays.
Filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson follows Jack over seven years,
gradually blurring the line between director and accomplice as
Jack continually traverses the criminal and acting worlds.
However, the law finally catches up with Jack and when he
faces a jail sentence he might not survive, he is forced to
decide if he can go straight for the first time in his life.