Presented by One Yellow Rabbit


A Film by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

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. 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. When the law finally catches up with Jack he is forced to decide if he can go straight for the first time in his life.

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One man shows his talent. Jack an actor. Jack a singer. Jack works with his hands – a potter. Jack a gifted performer. Many years homeless, An addict, A thief, Did time. Proud Kulin man. Lived in the BIG house in Victoria. Jack sings and tells his life story.

- Translated to Boon Wurrung by Fay Stewart-Muir, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

** Purchase your tickets for Bastardy and Eternal together and receive both shows for $20 – a savings of $10. Available only by phone or in person at the Arts Commons Box Office - 403.294.9494







What they're saying:

"Jack Charles is engaging, fun to watch, and his story is moving. Courtin-Wilson's rapport with Charles yields a frankness rare even in an era as saturated as ours with people willing to expose themselves on camera. "
- Colin Beckett, UnionDocs