What, like Theresa May's Cabinet? More like gangs in Ibiza and kidnappers in Brazil, actually. Benito even spent six months in a Bolivian prison (for his BBC-commissioned film '12 Year Old Cocaine Smuggler') and covered the world’s most dangerous football fans for 'Hooligan', which earned him a Grierson ‘Best Documentary Series’ award nomination.
That's committment to the craft! What else has he done? Made some pretty knockout commerical work, for one thing. Check out this film for Johnnie Walker to get a sense of how Benito translates his documentary-making chops into clever, subtle marketing.
A celebration of the remarkable Marc Herremans (who was paralysed in 2002 and Triathelete champion by 2009), the film gives Johnnie Walker's 'Keep Walking' slogan a new, deeper resonance.
Powerful stuff - does he always make tearjerkers? Not every time. Benito has a real talent for exploring relationships and making them feel emotionally authentic on-screen, whether light-hearted or thought-provoking in tone.
This sweet ad he made for Heinz, for example, shows a brotherly relationship which isn't always smooth, but is always loving. It's a charming piece which showcases Benito's considerable storytelling abilities.
Fantastic. Pulse must be excited to have him on board. Benito actually met Davud Karbassioun - Global President of Commercials and Branded at Pulse - on his first commercial. The triumphant film for Robinsons clearly made a lasting impression, because Davud made Benito his first signing on joining Pulse.
Davud said of the signing: "Benito has the rare ability to capture authentic and emotive performances with beautiful photography. I’m so proud to announce him as my first signing to Pulse Films and continue to build on his career as a standout filmmaker."
Benito himself commented that he's sure he and Davud will 'make some powerful films together'. Might want to get the tissues ready in advance.
Benito Montorio's reel is up at Pulse Films, so head on over and take a look. For more information on him or anyone else on the roster, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or get on the blower to 0207 426 5700.