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Benjamin Lemaire

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Benjamin Charles-Lemaire
Benjamin Lemaire attends to Cabourg Festival 2016.jpg Benjamin_Lemaire_attends_to_Cabourg_Festival_2016.jpg
Lemaire at Cabourg Festival in June 2016
BornBenjamin Lemaire
(1985-07-15) 15 July 1985 (age 35)
Sedan, France
🏡 ResidenceSaint-Etienne, France
🏳️ Nationalityfrench
Ben Lemaire, Ben Charles-Lemaire, Arthur Manderley, Arthur T. Manderley, Tristan Barrie, QuoVadis, Sedanais
💼 Occupation
Director, photographer, writer, poet, blogger
📆 Years active  2005-now
Notable workDifferent
🏡 Home townParis, France
🌐 Websitebenjaminlemaire.me

Benjamin Lemaire born in Sedan on 15 July 1985 is a French blogger, writer and director..[1]


Born in a musician family (his father is trumpet player, his grand-father was chief of a brass band created by his own father etc.), Benjamin Lemaire was born in Sedan. He left the Ardennes to live in Montluçon during two years before going back in Sedan for middle school. Gymnast during all his childhood, he wrote his first poems in middle school, published in local newspapers. He left home at 17 to study communications and cinema in Troyes before getting graduated from Paris Descartes University.


Lemaire started his career in 2006 as a talent agent before working as a child coach on various film sets[2]. He was first agent of Léo Legrand, Pierre Perrier, Gil Alma, Djena Tsimba... He was also personal assistant of French producer Jean-François Catton for his production No7 on commercials directed by Darren Arronosky or Michel Gondry.

He directed his first movie, Clair Obscur in 2005 as a student project and got his first awards and created production company Act'ivia to produce his own movies. After some movies he started directing commercials and musicvideo. He also directed 300+ out-of-stage sessions on websites, including Justin Bieber[3], Texas, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars[4], Asaf Avidan[5] or The Script. In 2013 he directed his first movie for cinéma produced by Pathé. [6]

He shot 3000+ concerts and festivals since 2005. His collaborations includes artists like Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Texas, The Script, Florence and the Machine and festivals Dour Festival[7], Paléo Festival, Cabaret Vert[8]

In 2015, he founded Neverland Editions to republish all J.M. Barrie works.

In 2017, he directed Different about a transgender teen selected and awarded to many festivals[9]. Rights were sold to Amazon Video for USA, UK and Germany and Viddsee but the rest of the world. The movie is distributed by Aug&Ohr. Movie was shown to Brussels Film Festival[10], International Film Festival of India and many others. [9][11]

Since 2018, he's in artistic residence in Saint-Etienne.


One of the first French blogger[12], he started writing online in 2003 on his own blog Quo Vadis? before joining satyrical blog Megaconnard with a weekly opinion piece[13] [14]. Some of his articles were commented in majors medias[15]. Militant during Same-sex marriage in France, his articles about opponents Christine Boutin and Frigide Barjot won him legal actions. Boutin was rejected for freedom of speech, and Barjot finally give up pursuing his ex-friend who coming out her husband. In 2013, Gilles Bourdouleix complained against Lemaire after his article 'Heil Gilles!' where he revealed that the French deputy said about romani people « Hitler didn’t do enough ». Same year he revealed a picture of French TV star Yann Barthes doing a gesture support for Dieudonné M’bala M’bala called quenelle whereas he was denouncing his antisemitism every night on Canal +. Mostly known as a music blogger, he was one of the first to talk about artists like Justin Bieber[16], Lana Del Rey, Shaka Ponk or Orelsan. After contributing to various platforms in created in 2009 website Soul Kitchen before selling it to create Le Transistor with French activist Agnès Bayou from Jeudi Noir.

Related to some medias where's he's often quoted[17][18][19][20][21], he worked as a press photographer for France Télévisions[22][23], Télérama[24], Le Matin[25] L'Express[26][27], Les Echos[28], Libération or Rock&Folk, and was columnist or Radio Néo[29][30] and Virgin Radio...[31][32]. He's also a premium wedding photographer[33]


After advising brands like Nokia, Danone, Renault, Orange, Heineken or Les cinémas Gaumont Pathé[34] he councils since 2016, movie stars like JoeyStarr[35], Sophie Marceau[36][37] or Juliette Binoche on their communications[38][39][40][41]. His work with Sophie Marceau was often commentated in medias. He was often invited on medias to talk about celebrities communications [42]. He's also a youtuber agent[43][44]. In January 2018, he was communication advisor for two victims during the JeremstarGate involving Jeremstar[44][45].

Personal life[edit]

Lemaire was diagnostic with asperger syndrome. He is openly gay. He's close friend with actors Damien Jouillerot, Jules Sitruk, Léo Legrand, Diane Rouxel, Alice Isaaz and australian singer Troye Sivan. Lemaire is a CS Sedan Ardennes supporter. Lemaire also performs as a DJ[46][47][48]

Non profit[edit]

He created the first syndicate in France to protect young talents, Clap Avenir, renammed Imag'in[49]. He was jury member at the Young Artist Award and still member of Victoires de la Musique[50]. He was engaged alongside SOS Homophobie for years and worked with french non profit Observatoire international des prisons



  • 2018 - Requiem
  • 2013 - Lilly Wood and the Prick au Trianon

Short movies[edit]

  • 2018 - Different[51] [52][53]
  • 2017 – A nightmare
  • 2015 – A Woman
  • 2011 – Attention
  • 2005 - Clair Obscur
  • 2004 – Esprit es-tu là?
  • 2003 – Sous le lit


  • 2019 - Peter Pan, by David Lowery, as Arthur T. Manderley (co-writer)[54]
  • 2017 - La mélodie du silence, by Seijiane Belmont
  • 2013 - In the Flesh, as Arthur T. Manderley (co-writer) for BBC[55]
  • 2011 - Polseres vermelles, as Arthur T. Manderley (co-writer)


  • 2017 – 30 seconds in Paris
  • 2016 – Trendy5 (starring Wesley Krid and Sparkdise
  • 2012 – Saint Zak
  • 2011 – The We Pop Sessions
  • 2010-2016 – The Transistor Sessions (starring The Script, Texas, Conor Maynard, Olly Murs, Random Recipe, Ben Howard, Karkwa, Soap&Skin, GiedRé, Fallulah, Skip The Use, Nneka, Jimmy Hunt (musician), Cyril Mokaiesh, Plain White T's, K's Choice, Camélia Jordana, Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Merwan Rim, Tom Frager, Avril Lavigne, Example, Robert Francis, Chew Lips, We Have Band...)
  • 2010-2011 – P20ris (starring Asaf Avidan, Selah Sue, Caro Emerald, The Wombats, Tété, Shaka Ponk, Twin Twin...)[56][57][58][59][60]
  • 2011 – The We Pop Sessions (starring Adanowsky, Lilly Wood and the Prick, Gush, Puggy,
  • 2010 – The SK*wat Sessions (starring The Puppini Sisters...)
  • 2009-2010 – The SK* Sessions (starring Justin Bieber, Hocus Pocus, Sarah Blasko, Angus & Julia Stone, Dominique A, Bernhoft, Etienne Daho, Imany, James Vincent McMorrow, Sly Johnson, Pierre Souchon, Mickey Green, Amy Macdonald, Pony Pony Run Run, Salif Keita, VV Brown, Hindi Zahra, Florence and The Machine ...)


  • 2015 – Wigwam Squaw: Eye
  • 2014 – Ben Mazué: Vivant
  • 2014 – Wigwam Squaw: Sam's revolver
  • 2013 – Wigwam Squaw: Armchair
  • 2012 – Wigwam Squaw: Set You on Fire
  • 2011 – Wigwam Squaw: NFM
  • 2011 – Wigwam Squaw: Intro
  • 2011 – Les Rois de la Suède: Ta liberté de voler
  • 2010 – Yules: Absolute Believer
  • 2006 – Salut à toi

Live concert[edit]

  • 2014 – Wigwam Squaw
  • 2013 – Stuck in The Sound: live à l'EMB Sannois
  • 2011 – Cheers: Live à La Clef
  • 2010 – AaRON: live at Casino de Paris
  • 2010 – Rococo à La Maroquinerie
  • 2010 – Corinne Bailey Rae
  • 2010 – Grand Corps Malade
  • 2009 – Sacha Page au Gibus
  • 2009 – Dan Deacon live at Villette Sonique


  • 2015 – Les cinémas Gaumont Pathé
  • 2014 – Redbull
  • 2013 – Orange
  • 2013 – Playtex, starring Mathilda May
  • 2009 – Doctissimo
  • 2006 – Les Deux Choses
  • 2004 – Dust Buster
  • 2004 – TDS 2004

Child coach[edit]

  • 2008 – Ça va bientôt faire 15 ans..., by Coline Pagoda starring Tilly Mandelbrot
  • 2007 – Un autre jour de Maxence Hayek (vocal coach)
  • 2006 – Les Yeux Bandés, by Thomas Lilti starring Léo Legrand
  • 2006 – Jacquou Le Croquant, by Laurent Boutonnat starring Léo Legrand
  • 2006 – Salut à toi (vocal coach)
  • 2005 – Online et + si..., by Mizapart
  • 2005 – Effrayant, by Alexandre Richard
  • 2005 – Voyage à travers l'énergie (vocal coach)
  • 2004 – Esprit es-tu là?, by Sonia Fernandes
  • 2004 – Problématique, by Sonia Fernandes


As an author[edit]

  • 2018 - Cahier A : illusions submergées, ISBN 9781986038584 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (co-written with Julien Dujardin, as Ben Charles-Lemaire)
  • 2017 - connivences, ISBN 978-1981614585 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (co-written with Julien Dujardin, as Ben Lemaire)
  • 2017 - Renaissances, ISBN 9781981617838 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • 2017 - Randomness [61], ISBN 9781979691833 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (written with an algorithm, passed Turing Test) (in english)
  • 2016 - Divagations surréalistes, ISBN 9781539164838 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • 2016 - Recyclage: Textes ratés et oubliés, ISBN 9781537737447 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • 2015 - Effluves, ISBN 9781537772172 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • 2014 - Aléas: Une œuvre intégralement écrite par un ordinateur, ISBN 9781537771922 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (written with an algorithm)
  • 2013 - Etudes du Néant, ISBN 9781981617838 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

As Arthur T. Manderley[edit]

As a collaborator[edit]

  • 2012 - Enfances célèbres by Louise Colet, foreword (tredition)
  • 2012 - L’Histoire d’une jeune fille sauvage trouvée dans les bois à l’âge de dix ans by Marie-Catherine Hecquet, foreword (Hachette Livre BNF)

As a publisher[edit]

  • Une saison en enfer by Arthur Rimbaud (2017, Neverland Editions)
  • Jean-Luc persécuté by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (2017, Neverland Editions)
  • Humiliés et offensés by Fiodor Dostoïevski (2017, Neverland Editions)
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, in gregg shorthand (2017, Neverland Editions)
  • L'oeuvre du divin Arétin by Guillaume Apollinaire (2016, Neverland Editions)
  • Anon: a play (Peter Pan's premise) by J. M. Barrie (2016, Neverland Editions)
  • Walker, London by J. M. Barrie (2015, Neverland Editions)
  • A tillyloss scandal by J. M. Barrie (2015, Neverland Editions)
  • Jane Annie by J. M. Barrie and Arthur Conan Doyle (2014, Neverland Editions)
  • Two of them by J. M. Barrie (2014, Neverland Editions)
  • Ibsen's Ghost by J. M. Barrie (2013, Neverland Editions)
  • The Greenwood Hat: Being a memoir of James Anon by J. M. Barrie (2013, Neverland Editions)



  • 2018 : best short film (Transgender Film Festival), jury award (Tous Courts festival)[62] for Different [63]
  • 2017 : jury award (Lake View festival) for Different[64]
  • 2016 : best crime short novel (Eclipse, city of Lièges), best novel (Realities Inc), best poem (Poetika 17), best poetry book (Académie Florimontane), best short novel (Clair de Plume)
  • 2015 : best short novel (Plumes des Monts d'Or for Les démêlés des sentiments), best short story (Entre rêve et réalité : Voyage au pays des vieux livres)
  • 2014 : BAFTA, British Academy Television Craft Awards, best drama[65]
  • 2006 : best movie (Troyes Premières Marches)[66], best actor (Montélimar Festival), best music (Astoria Festival), best screenplay (Sarajevo Festival) for Clair Obscur


  • 2017 : official selection at Direct Short Online Film Festival[67], Barcelona Planet Film Festival[68], Paris & San-Francisco International LGBTQ Coming Of Age[69], Frankfurt Transgender Film Festival[70], Wicked Queer[71], Sydney Festival[72], Museum of Fine Arts, Boston festival [73], Boston Film Festival[74], Nikon Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Leeds Queer Film Festival, Videonale, International Film Festival of India, Thessaloniki Festival[75] CinemQ Shanghai for Different,
  • 2016 : official selection at Berlin Experimental, Manchester Film Festival for A nightmare
  • 2015 : officiel selection at Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Klex Film Festival, Bogotá Experimental Film Festival (CineAutopsia) for A woman


External links[edit]

  1. AlloCine. "Benjamin Lemaire". AlloCiné.
  2. "Coming of Age Shorts - Wicked Queer". www.wickedqueer.org.
  3. "Slate : Chers fans de Justin Bieber, vous espérez toujours voir "Believe" en France. Vous allez être déçus". Slate.fr. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. "Bruno Mars - Locked out of Heaven [Live in Paris". YouTube. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. "Asaf Avidan - Small change girl | P20RIS (16ème arrondissement) S02E16". YouTube. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. "Lilly Wood & The Prick au Trianon - Morgane Groupe". Morgane-groupe.fr. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. "Pourquoi nous n'irons pas à Dour ou les services photos se meurent…. - Don't believe the Hype". 18 July 2011.
  8. "Top départ pour l'éco-festival du Cabaret Vert !".
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Different - aug&ohr medien". augohr.de.
  10. Designova. "Brussels Independent Film Festival". www.brusselsfilmfestival.com.
  11. e.v., pfeiffer. "Pfeiffer e.V. - der Kulturverein - Videonale". www.kulturpfeiffer.de.
  12. Ferron, Benjamin (2017-04-21). Des amateurs dans les médias: Légitimités, autonomie, attachements. ISBN 9782356714350. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. "Benjamin Lemaire". Megaconnard. August 14, 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. Telestar.fr (20 November 2013). "Petit Journal : Yann Barthès a-t-il fait une "quenelle" à son insu ?".
  15. ""Ferme ta gueule Frigide!" [Megaconnard". Yagg. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  16. "Le Transistor". Le Transistor. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  17. http://leplus.nouvelobs.com/contribution/1248660-videos-nagui-critique-les-jeux-video-enchaine-les-bourdes-doit-il-rendre-sa-place.html Le Nouvel Obs
  18. http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2015/04/14/03006-20150414ARTFIG00154-affaire-cetelem-les-internautes-se-dechainent-contre-polnareff.php Le Figaro
  19. http://www.sudouest.fr/2015/09/11/francois-hollande-et-un-panda-la-photo-qui-fait-rire-le-web-2121512-5137.php Sud Ouest
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  21. https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2015/11/15/bars-soirees-samedi-paris-attentats_n_8567108.html Huffington Post
  22. https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/nouvelle-aquitaine/haute-vienne/couzeix/naive-new-beaters-initial-data-las-aves-annonces-lost-in-limoges-2017-1159797.html France 3
  23. https://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/musique/pop/naive-new-beaters-un-nouvel-album-plus-spontane-et-plus-rentre-dedans-243605 France Télévisions
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  25. https://www.lematin.ch/people/gagnante-nadege-jones-attaquee-justice/story/30912111 Le Matin
  26. https://www.lexpress.fr/diaporama/diapo-photo/tendances/voyage/top-10-des-festivals-de-l-ete-2013_1239412.html L'Express
  27. "Ryan Gosling, acteur en tête du palmarès des "beaux mecs à adopter"". 17 February 2013.
  28. https://www.lesechos.fr/05/12/2013/lesechos.fr/0203170473268_municipales-2014---hidalgo-remporte-la-bataille-a-paris.htm Les echos
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  30. "Mixcloud > Radio Neo > Des Dièses et Des Bémols #60 S2EP25". Junodownload.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
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  32. "Trans Shorts 2018 - I - Wicked Queer". www.wickedqueer.org.
  33. "Photographe et Vidéaste Avec des Très Sérieuses Références - Photographes et Vidéos - Paris (75) - Paris".
  34. "Chers fans de Justin Bieber, vous espérez toujours voir "Believe" en France. Vous allez être déçus". 4 December 2013.
  35. "Benjamin Lemaire, "le community manager des stars" jugé à Paris pour corruption de mineurs". www.20minutes.fr.
  36. Closermag.fr (26 September 2018). "Benjamin Lemaire, l'ex-community manager de Sophie Marceau, condamné à 20 mois de prison ferme".
  37. http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/l-ex-community-manager-de-stars-juge-pour-corruption-de-mineurs-23-09-2018-7899564.php
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  39. "Sophie Marceau, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Béart: Mais qu'ont-elles toutes avec Twitter?". 20minutes.fr. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
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  41. Média, Prisma. "L'ancien community manager de Sophie Marceau jugé pour corruption de mineurs - Gala".
  42. BFMTV. "Piratage: comment les stars protègent leur compte sur Twitter".
  43. Darmanin, Jules (25 September 2018). "Benjamin Lemaire, l'" agent " de Youtubeurs, condamné à 20 mois de prison ferme pour atteinte sexuelle sur mineur - Politique - Numerama".
  44. 44.0 44.1 "BLOG - Pourquoi Jeremstar traverse le bad buzz typique qui peut faire basculer une carrière". 18 January 2018.
  45. "Pourquoi Jeremstar traverse le bad buzz typique qui peut faire basculer une carrière".
  46. "12 events not to miss at Listen Festival this week - The Word Magazine". thewordmagazine.com. 2017-03-28.
  47. "[Festival] LISTEN! A Brussels Future Music Festival - Airplane Mode". 28 March 2017.
  48. "Accepteer cookies". www.djguide.nl.
  49. "Interview de Benjamin Lemaire par Benjamin Merlet. - "Cinéma, mon amour !"". Amblin01.skyrock.com. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  50. "Revivez la soirée des Victoires de la Musique 2016".
  51. "Je suis différent.e, le court-métrage de Benjamin Lemaire avec Gauthier Devacht (Cinéma / DVD, Société) - MaXoE". www.maxoe.com. 2017-11-02.
  52. "A nightmare (2017)" – via www.imdb.com.
  53. "2018 Leeds Queer Film Festival P : simplebooklet.com". simplebooklet.com.
  54. "Peter Pan".
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  57. "P20ris (TV seriál) (2010)".
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  62. Utilisateur, Super. "ccamulhouse - Palmarès MTC 2018". www.ccamulhouse.com.
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  64. []https://www.lviffest.com/winner-november-2017 Lake View festival official website]
  65. "Television Craft in 2014 - BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
  66. "Troyes - Quo Vadis ?". Quo Vadis ?.
  67. https://www.dsoffest.com/film-november-2017
  69. "Piotr Media presents the SAN FRANCISCO's FIRST LGBTQ / COMING OF AGE SHORT-FILMS FESTIVAL - september 29th 2018".
  70. "Trans* Film Festival - TraumGmbH – Multikulturelles Zentrum". traumgmbh.de.
  71. "Coming of Age Shorts - Brattle Theatre". www.brattlefilm.org.
  72. "Sydney World Film Festival". www.sydneyworldfilmfestival.com.
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  75. "21ο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Θεσσαλονίκης Γκ.Λ.Α.Τ. Ταινιών".

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