Last night was a big one for Pretty Little Liars star Julian Morris (Wren Kingston). The director of his new indie film, Kelly + Victor, took home a British Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for “Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director, or Producer.” And Julian couldn’t be more excited!
“Whoop!!!!!! @kierboyo wins a #BAFTA for #KellyandVictor !!” Julian enthusiastically tweeted following the big announcement. And he wasn’t the only one...
“Couldn't be prouder of @julianmorris and @kierboyo this win was so right,” writer Landon Ross captioned the Instagram video montage of the award being announced, director Kieran Evans accepting it, and a clip from the film.
The movie, based on a novel of the same name by Niall Griffiths, tells the story of the intense and destructive love affair between Julian's character, Victor, and Antonia Campbell-Hughes’ Kelly that begins when the two meet at a Liverpudlian nightclub. Cue scandalous and explicit sex scene-age, complete with sadomasochism.
Though this role may be something different than what his fans are seeing him in, Julian opened up last year about his desire to take a risk when he told Mr. Porter magazine of the role: "Playing Victor was the perfect role — it scared the s--t out of me … I decided that I needed to work towards getting on the track that I wanted to be on as an actor, and part of that involved doing bold stuff, stuff that scared me.” Well, it seems the risk is paying off. The film is definitely making some critical noise. We’re so happy for Julian!
Catch this episode of Pretty Little Liars on February 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.