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. 2008. Financed by Screen Australia, Film Victoria, MIFF Premiere Fund and the ABC.
Australian & International Distribution: Film Camp
WINNER Grand Jury Prize FIFO International Documentary Film Festival 2010
WINNER Australian Film Critics Circle Best Documentary Jury Prize 2009
WINNER Best Documentary Human Story ATOM Awards 2009
NOMINATED Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Editing Australian Film Institute Awards 2009
NOMINATED Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2009
NOMINATED Best Documentary Asia Pacific Awards 2009
Official Selection Aboriginal Australian Film Festival Paris 2016
Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2008
Official Selection Singapore International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection Sheffield International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection Mexico International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection Kiev International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection International RADO Film Festival Cameroon 2010
Official Selection London Australian International Film Festival 2010
Screened National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Timeline Exhibition
Screened ACCA as part of the Sovereignty Survey Exhibition 2017
Screened at The Barbican, London 2014