Australian film noir with former lawyer become part-time private investigator, part-time alcoholic and part-time racetrack bettor. The brooding antihero of Peter Temple’s award-winning novels drops out after his beloved wife’s murder by a paroled ex-con he had defended. Now he finds solace in the art of cabinet making as apprentice to an elderly old world craftsman, learning the discipline of woodcraft when not out helping friends or old clients. Guy Pearce as Jack Irish gives a gruff, world weariness underscored with dark humor, as he tries to break away from the underworld where he thrives. Gripping and mesmerizing, well written, and yet with action and intrigue.