Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell

Date of birth: 29-11-1979

Cast announced for Simon Amstell's Benjamin

...as filming wraps

Casting has been announced for Simon Amstell’s second film, Benjamin, as filming wraps.

The cast is led by Merlin star Colin Morgan, Anna Chancellor from Four Weddings and A Funeral, and Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine.

Other cast members include Plebs star Joel Fry, French actor Phénix Brossard and Ellie Kendrick, who plays Meera Reed in Game Of Thrones.

Dominic Dromgoole,  who founded the movie’s production company Open Palm Films last year, said: ‘We have been hugely lucky in the great talent we have been able to work with’

Benjamin is described as ‘a comedy about intimacy and despair… a tragicomic tale of dizzying introspection and a painful, constant struggle for validation’.

It revolves around a socially awkward and self-deprecating director and writer – who may bear some similarity to Amstell himself.  Morgan himself bears a passing resemblance to the comedian, who both wrote and directed Benjamin:

Amstell's first film, the mockumentary Carnage envisaging a future in which everyone is vegan, was released on iPlayer earlier this  year. And  he  has just written and published his first book, Help

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