Out and about: The Guard

Irish films tend to have a good gap between them, good Irish films have an even longer gap. The Guard fits into the latter category. Guard is colloquial Irish English used by older people for an officer of An Garda Síochána. The Guard of the title is a rural police officer portrayed by Brendan Gleeson; more interested in his pursuit of the ladies and the good life than tackling international crime.

Although it is shot in Galway in the west of Ireland; it is not a modern-day version of The Quiet Man. Instead you have a politically incorrect portrayal of a modern-day Ireland with official corruption, feral children and alcoholism.

The combination of dark humour and the bleak landscape of Connemara make this a compelling film.