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Tribute Screenings for Uncle Jack Charles in Melbourne

[by Tania Owen]


Image: supplied

Two of Uncle Jack Charles' most well-known works: JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN and BASTARDY will be presented as special screenings this week across various Melbourne venues, in honour of the lovable local star of stage and screen, who passed away last week.

Full footage of JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN, the stage play which toured at home and across international stages for eight years will screen for free at Collingwood Town Hall this Thursday 22 September. JACK CHARLES V THE CROWN premiered in 2010 and charmed a generation of theatre goers into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a survivor of the Stolen Generations.

A documentary film by filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson, BASTARDY, will also have special ticketed screenings from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September at Cinema Nova, Astor Theatre, Theatre Royal Castlemaine, and Thornbury Picture House.


Bastardy, released in 2008, follows Jack Charles over seven years – with
Courtin-Wilson blurring the line between director and accomplice. Footage from this film also appears in Jack Charles V The Crown.

Rachael Maza, artistic director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and lifelong friend of Uncle Jack says, “These works are a celebration of his life with all the challenges he had to overcome as a member of the Stolen Generation. This journey would take him around the world and into the hearts of all - a household name, an Australian icon.”

A proud Boon Wurrung, Woi Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Man, Jack Charles discovered a love for performance and produced volumes of stage and screen work. These two special works both expose aspects of his life, whilst honouring the lovable, cheeky irreverent man with the dulcet tones who will remain a household name for many years to come.

Jack Charles V The Crown Screening
Free entry, but booking essential via
Collingwood Town Hall
Thursday 22 September
Welcome from 4.30pm | Screening 5.15pm

Bastardy Screenings – book via venues directly
Cinema Nova (with 10% of box office donated to Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS):
Thurs 22 Sept, 11am & 7pm | Fri 23 Sept, 11.15am & 7pm | Sat 24 Sept, 11.30am | Sun 25 Sept, 1.15pm

Astor Cinema (with $5 from each ticket donated to the Archie Roach Foundation)
Theatre Royal Castlemaine Sat 24 Sept, 7:30pm

Thornbury Picture House Sunday 25 Sept, 1.30pm




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