Film Screening: Bastardy with Uncle Jack Charles

Thursday 20 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Award winning documentary Bastardy documents the life of one of Australia’s most lovable and evasive cat burglars. Don’t miss this special event with a post screening Q&A from the self-proclaimed Robin Hood of the Streets – Uncle Jack Charles himself.

Provocative, funny and profoundly moving, Bastardy is the inspirational story of a self-proclaimed Robin Hood of the streets. For forty years Jack Charles has juggled a life of crime with another successful career – acting.

Since founding the first Aboriginal theatre company in the 1970’s, Jack has performed with Australia’s most renowned actors (Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpillil, Bill Hunter) and directors in feature films (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Bedevil and Blackfellas)TV series (including Black Comedy) and hundreds of plays. 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.However, the law finally catches up with Jack and when he 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.

RATING: MA 15+ Duration: 85 minutes

This event is part of a series of public programs inspired by The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmeson now at the Powerhouse Museum.  For the first time in Australia, be transported back to Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London and solve Sydney’s largest interactive mystery by conducting your own experiments.

Please note, ticket price includes entry into The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes however the exhibition will not be open after hours on this occasion. You will be provided with a ticket at the screening that will allow you to return and view the exhibition.

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