As we are a small planet in a big galaxy, our initial strategy was to instigate or acquire projects, develop them, and then look for larger co-production partners. While there is often some Irish connection with its projects, the company tends to look beyond the borders of Ireland for material, and the two 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, thoughtful, and provocative documentaries which offer a different perspective and challenge accepted ideas. Similarly, it is looking 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. In the documentary field, the projects that we feel strongest and most comfortable with have either to do with new perspectives on cinema, music, the arts, or pop culture, or critical pieces looking at neglected aspects of history or current affairs. Projects that have both humorous aspects to their nature and a deeper undercurrent will surely interest us. We like to have fun doing what we do, and at the same time we’re not nihilists. So we’re not really that interested in “reality” or game shows or “entertainment” even though we’d probably be richer if we were.
Our first production, Hitler’s Irish Movies, was produced for the “Hidden History” slot of the Irish broadcaster RTE and broadcast in January 2007 to critical acclaim, and was well received by the public, too, having held its own in the ratings despite running head-to-head against Desperate Housewives...!
Our most recent film, Book Smugglers, is a typical example of a documentary 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. It was also an occasion to broaden the scope of our partnerships, in this case the opportunity to co-produce with the Lithuanian company ERA Film.
Planet Korda Pictures is a member of Screen Producers Ireland and the European Documentary Network.