Planet Korda Pictures, an Irish-registered film production company operating out of Dublin and Paris, was formed in September 2005 by Irish director Jeremiah Cullinane and Italian writer and producer Bartolomeo Dibenedetto.
Its first production, the historical documentary Hitler’s Irish Movies, was produced for the “Hidden History” slot of the Irish broadcaster RTE and broadcast in January 2007. The second film, the feature documentary Creative Chaos: Round One, by Hassan Zbib (2008, co-production ODELION Films, Paris), visited the people and destroyed villages in South Lebanon in the aftermath of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war. Creative Chaos: Round One went on to be selected in many film festivals around Europe, Africa, and Asia and enjoyed regional theatrical distribution around France.
While there is often some Irish connection with its projects, the company tends to look beyond the borders of Ireland for material, and the producers have extensive experience and contacts throughout Europe. Thus there is a natural affinity to working with European coproduction partners, in a genuine manner rather than simply one of convenience.
Artistically, the company is interested in visually engaging and intellectually provocative films which offer a different perspective and challenge accepted ideas. Often, there is some kind of inter-cultural aspect to our projects. Similarly, it looks for innovative or unusual fiction scripts with strong and personal stories and a well-defined directorial approach that can be produced on a modest budget.
Our 2010 production, Book Smugglers (co-production ERA Film, Vilnius) is a typical example of a film combining several creative and thematic areas of interest of the production team: little known but fascinating episodes of history, interaction and conflict between two cultures, elements of propaganda, and an original look at one society through the looking glass of the history of another. The film was selected at over 20 international festivals and won two prizes.
Planet Korda’s recent completions include the political feature documentary about life under the Lukashenko regime, Under the Hood, and the RTÉ feature documentary special See You at the Pictures!, about Ireland’s long-standing love affair with cinema-going over the decades. It also produced the Irish-Dutch-Egyptian short documentary, Faron, by Cairo-based Irish visual artist Bryony Dunne, (co-production: Windmill Film, Amsterdam).
Currently, Planet Korda is producing the international feature documentaries: Butterfly City, by Olga Cernovaite (coproduction CPH Short & Doc Copenhagen, Visible Film Belgium) and co-producing the epic documentary feature Gladiators, by Arunas Matelis, about the water carriers of pro cycling.
Planet Korda Pictures is a member of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) and the European Documentary Network (EDN). Jeremiah is a graduate of the EAVE programme (2000) and Bartolomeo completed EURODOC in 2012.