RTE has revealed it will air a documentary, ‘Binx’, about Irish film and production producer, Chris Cardamone.
The documentary will be the first documentary to air on RTE since the company sold out of its TV licence to Channel 4 earlier this year.
Cardamones story began in 2004, when he was brought in by a producer to develop a new short film, ‘A Girl Who Saw Her Father Die’, which was to be shown on Channel 4.
It was a huge success, but the film never made it to air and Cardamons then-girlfriend, Claire, took legal action to get the film broadcast.
Cardams life in film and television began to unravel, and Cardamus career was cut short.
‘A Boy In A Blue Dress’ became the first short film in Irish cinema, a success in itself but also deeply affected the lives of many in the industry.
‘Bex’ is the story of the people who made it happen.
‘In the mid-1990s, Cardamoned out of a job at a TV station in New York City, Chris became the creative director of a small film production company called ‘Bax’.
Bax was one of the first production companies to be formed in Ireland in the early 1990s, and Chris is one of its founders, having worked there for more than 20 years.
Chris was also an early supporter of the Irish Independent Film Awards and he has continued to support the Independent Irish Film and TV Awards, which he launched in 2005.
Bax, as it was called, was the backbone of Chris Cardamus early work, with his vision for a documentary that would take audiences through his work, the process of making films and the lives that were woven into his stories.
He had an intimate knowledge of the industry and was known to be one of those who knew the ropes of the business, from film production to directing to production.
‘As a producer, you’ve got to know how the other side works, and you’ve also got to understand how the business works, because you’re dealing with people.
And when you know the other end, it becomes a much easier job, because it’s an intimate conversation.
So I just got that right, and I think that’s what I brought to the table with Bax.
I brought a great deal of respect and understanding to people in the film world, and that’s why I think people enjoy it.’
Chris was born in Dublin in 1965.
His family moved to England when he is now in his late 20s, but he has a Scottish, Irish and Welsh father.
Chris attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he studied cinematography and film editing.
He also worked on BBC Television programmes and as an assistant to producer, Simon Healy.
‘When I was a teenager, I used to watch all these British films, and one of them was The Black Dahlia, about a gang of street gangsters.
And I said to myself, “Well, I know this is going to be a bad film, but I’m going to watch it because I have a love for crime”.
I thought that was the only film I could ever do in the UK.
I’m lucky to have had that experience.
‘I remember being in London for a long time, and then the second time I came back I had to get off the plane and get off this train and then go to the cinema and watch the latest Bond movie.
And it was really nice.
It’s a great experience, and it’s just one of many things that I have.
I also like movies like The Bourne Supremacy and the Bourne Ultimatum, because I’ve never seen a film in which I didn’t like it.
‘For the last 10 years, I’ve worked in the entertainment industry, and now I’ve moved into the documentary world.
I work in Ireland and in the United States, and as a producer of documentaries, I find it a great place to make documentaries.
I love the craft, and people like the challenge and the pleasure of creating something that they want to see.
It is so much fun, and everyone loves doing it, which is great.
‘If I were a director, I would love to do the same thing.
I don’t think I could do the whole documentary film in one day, so it would take me three to four weeks to do something like that.
I think it would be better to work with the producer, because they have the most control.
You have a lot of people in this process, and they are all working for the same people.
You don’t have any distractions.
You’ve got no distractions.
And if you work with people, you can get to know them very quickly.
‘The biggest challenge in the documentary business is not the time, the money, or the equipment, but you have to put in the