Antonia tells of joy as latest movie picks up Bafta prize
IRISH actress Antonia Campbell Hughes has spoken of her delight to see her film scoop a Bafta gong.
The 31-year-old's latest movie Kelly + Victor took home the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer earlier this week.
Derry-born Antonia, who has won critical acclaim in Albert Nobbs and 3096 Days, insisted the win marks a major leap forward for the Irish film industry.
"This was an Irish-British co-production and the Irish Film Board put forward a lot of money and are a huge reason it was made, so they have a direct hand in seeing it become successful and we should be celebrating that," Antonia told the Herald.
"I was the Irish element in the movie and I'm so proud of our industry here."
Antonia, who was unable to attend the ceremony in London's Royal Opera House, said: "Kieran Evans made it and to me it's amazing that an independent project can do so well – it's actually very rare to see a film of that size win because the Baftas are so America-driven."
Kelly + Victor tells the story of a young couple who meet in a club and embark on a risky sexual relationship.
The idea to make to adapt Niall Griffiths' novel for the silver screen came about 12 years ago.
"I've been in a lot of no-money, small budget films, and I do that because I believe in them and they're beautiful pieces," Antonia said.
"I really felt there was something really special in Kieran's vision with this project and clearly I wasn't wrong, considering he now has a Bafta. It's an outstanding triumph that this got recognised."
The actress is currently flexing her muscles as a screenwriter.
She said: "I'm developing a comedy series at the moment and it's an area I've done a lot in before, so I'm looking forward to going back to that genre."