Gala Night of Storytelling 2016: The Book that Changed Jack Charles
At the 2016 Gala Night of Storytelling, actor, musician, potter and Koori elder Uncle Jack Charles shares the story of the book that changed his life: the Bible.
Books have stood me in good stead. I was raised up with the Salvation Army, so I was impressed with the Bible. In undertaking my journey as a leader in my community, I took a great stock of the “original JC” … I knew I had to turn the other cheek.
Jack Charles is an actor, musician, potter, Koori elder and national treasure.
After Bastardy, a biographical documentary about Jack, was released in 2008, he rediscovered family members, and is now a respected elder of the Boon Wurrung clan and one of Australia's foremost Indigenous stage and film actors.
As a member of the Archie Roach Foundation’s Council of Elders, Jack has taken his place as a Kadaitcha man — a traditional lawman — and works to help Indigenous prisoners see a better life beyond jail.