After almost fifteen years directing lead advertising campaigns, three of which were spent in London, England, Charles Binamé shifted his focus toward writing and directing for film and television. His work has been landmarked by many achievements, as well as by an array of awards that reflect the cutting edge nature of his festival features, top of the list box-office films, as well as his very personal approach to television series. The heart of his interests, reflected in the body of his work, is not only character driven stories, but also highlighting actors’ performances with precise style and attentive storytelling.
The multiple prizes and nominations that his actors have earned over the years, both from his films and television series, speak to his approach as a director. After his first MOW, called The Other Man (Un autre homme - 1991), came his first television hit: the eleven-hour period piece TV series, Blanche (1992), which drew close to three million viewers per episode (within Quebec) and led to a Gémeaux Award for Best Director.
In parralel to his fictional work, Binamé occasionally delves in some personal documentary essays. Both his films on painter Pierre Gauvreau and filmmaker Gilles Carle won him awards for Best direction at the Gémeaux (2003) and for Best Documentary at the 2006 Jutra Ceremony. He just finished Elephant Song, an english feature starring Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener. Along with his work in English television series, Charles Binamé is currently developing and co-writing several French and English feature projects.