Maeve Murphy is a screenwriter and director

On a Thursday in December, I am at the inaugural Sochi International Film Festival in Russia phoning my husband from my hotel room. It is the evening of the awards ceremony and I have dashed upstairs in my long evening dress to tell him the great news: I’ve won the President’s Award for my film Taking Stock.

Across the road I can see Sochi’s Irish bar, O’Sullivan’s, and I think, aren’t Ireland and Russia so similar? Full of passion, great writers, great culture. I was in there the evening before, when British musicians were singing Beatles songs with the Russians — and I was the only real Irish person in the Irish bar. As we left, one of the Russians translated on their… Continue reading