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, Jack has performed with Australia’s most renowned actors and directors in features, TV series and plays.
Filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson follows Jack over seven years – blurring the line between director and accomplice as Jack traverses the criminal and acting worlds. However, the law finally catches up and when Jack 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.
Bastardy is the story of one man’s journey into the light.
W/D Amiel Courtin-Wilson.
84 & 55 mins. 2007. Financed by Screen Australia, Film Victoria, MIFF Premiere Fund and the ABC.
Australian Distribution: Siren Visual and Film Camp
International Distribution: Film Camp