'As soon as I met Jack Charles I knew I had to make a film about him.' - Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Jack Charles is one of the pioneering faces of Australian stage and screen. His popularity as one of the first Aboriginal actors culminated in his playing a lead role in Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, one of the leading films of the Australian New Wave. However, personal demons, the weight of history and failed romance led him to a life of crime, drug addiction and homelessness.
Amiel Courtin-Wilson's intimate portrait, which takes place over seven years, witnesses Jack's attempts to pull his life together, giving up drugs and returning to his passion – acting. But his path is never easy, the temptation of a quick fix and an easy household robbery to fund his habit, never far away.
BASTARDY is both a revealing chronicle of one man's road to recovery and an examination of Australian attitides to its indigenous population.
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