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Australia (MIFF 2008 , MIFF Premiere Film Fund)
Director: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
“Jack is one of the most important people in my life. He is f**king unstoppable and I love him deeply for it. This film is a gift to him.” – filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Jack Charles is Bastardy: a 63-year-old homosexual Aboriginal elder, award-winning actor, professional cat burglar and former junkie. A child of the stolen generation, Charles drifted into Melbourne’s bohemian underground in the early 60s, where he found the theatre, a lover, heroin and a talent for cat burglary. Between long stints in jail he’s also maintained a successful acting career.
Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s (Chasing Buddha) impressionistic portrait captures Jack Charles warts and all, in his many contradictions: a man who evokes a rich sense of poetry and humour, and embodies a streetwise indomitability.
Amiel Courtin Wilson and Philippa Campey are guests of the festival.
D/S Amiel Courtin-Wilson P Philippa Campey WS Film Camp