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Amstell, who made his acting debut in Flowers creator Will Sharpe's 2011 film Black Pond alongside Chris Langham, has said he has been 'quietly learning' to direct for several years by observing filmmakers like Stephen Frears on the set of Florence Foster Jenkins, and that he prefers directing to performing.

'That is a very vulnerable place, especially with the kind of stuff I end up writing – it’s all really revealing' he told the i newspaper in May. 'I really like being behind the camera, helping someone else feel comfortable with revealing themselves.'

He added: 'It’s difficult to find something that has the same level of excitement and danger as doing live stand-up. Directing films is so all-encompassing, you’re so in the moment.

Published: 22 Nov 2016

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