With Malcolm Venville - now a friend, then a mentor - by his side, Bevilacqua went from strength to strength. He says of Venville: "Although our styles are very different, I think he has a talent that I can really appreciate. Very minimal, very pure."
But Venville felt Therapy could only take his young protégé so far and he introduced him to Anonymous Content in the US. And - at the same time - Bevilacqua joined the roster at Stink.
Asked which piece of work he's most proud of from his time with Therapy and Stink, Bevilacqua ums and ahs a bit before revealing it's very often a memory of the challenges he faced that makes a particularly piece of work something he favours.
He is a director who likes to push himself and he cites an example: "Most recently it was Comcast. It was an American job I did towards the end of last year... It was a frozen world, but I had to have people still moving.
"It sounds so simple, but it was so hard. It really was. It was such a head spinner. There was so much thought that went into it."
Warming to his theme, he identifies a second example: "There was another spot that was a big technical achievement for me, which was for the American Heart Association. That was where we had to have people flying. The floor would break off, and push them through the ceilings. That was another real head spinner."
As he remembers what it was like trying to solve these problems, he seems almost to be back in the agony of the moment. Challenging as it is, it's clearly something he relishes: "To be honest, if it doesn't happen then the job's not exciting. I almost want the drama sometimes, because it gives you a little kick, and when you get that kick it gives you the momentum, and the nerves kick in, and you end up fighting with it, and wrestling with it. Eventually, and always, you get to the finish line."
For more on Christian Bevilacqua check out his reel at Hunky Dory's website or contact Anthony Baker on 020 7267 5000 or via email at email@example.com.