Early roles helped Fletcher direct
Dexter Fletcher has revealed his time as a child star helped him work with youngsters in his directorial debut.
The Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor - who starred in television series Press Gang and played Baby Face in iconic kids' film Bugsy Malone - has gone behind the camera for new urban film Wild Bill, which follows the lives of two brothers and their wayward father.
"I was very lucky with the kids that I got. Sammy Williams is phenomenal, Will Poulter's a massive talent emerging and I exploited that. I knew as soon as I met them that they were the guys I needed," he revealed at the movie's BFI London Film Festival premiere.
"But also I've been a child actor myself and I knew that world, and I responded to that, I was confident that I could work with these young actors and I think they give two brilliant performances in the film."
He added: "I feel very at home on a set, it's not an alien place for me and I thrive there, I love it, and it was really exciting to be in charge of it all and have people listen to me and take what I said seriously."
Dexter also said he wanted to make sure the film had elements of comedy.
"I knew the subject matter could be particularly dark or bleak, but I didn't want to make a dark, bleak film. I wanted to make a film that had a point, and I felt that this story had that, but at the same time I didn't want people to come out of the film feeling like 'I've just been bashed over the head for 90 minutes'," he added.