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BAFTA for St Davids director

bafta directorDIRECTOR Kieran Evans has won a BAFTA on a star-studded night at the Royal Opera House.

Evans, who is from St Davids, won the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his film, Kelly & Victor.

The film is a hard edged drama adapted from controversial Aberystwyth author Niall Griffiths 2002 novel about a doomed and destructive love affair between a young couple who meet in a Liverpool nightclub.

It premiered at 2012’s BFI London Film Festival and received glowing reviews from the critics, with one describing it as “a Romeo and Juliet for Broken Britain.’ He has previously worked on documentary features and music videos for bands including the Manic Street Preachers.

Evans, a former pupil of Ysgol Dewi Sant, started making films 20 years ago. He studied art in Carmarthen and Newport before moving to London to pursue his career. The story details the relationship between two young people who meet in a Liverpool nightclub and the murky worlds they both inhabit.

The film attracted attention for its storyline, which included a sadomasochistic relationship. Evans said of the film before winning the award that it could be a “difficult” watch.

In his acceptance speech, he thanked his family and friends, adding: “To my mum, who sat me in front of Hitchcock films when I was a kid.

“To my dad, who drove with me on a coach for 50 miles to an art college.

“These moments are the reason I’m here now.”