PETRI
Luukkainen

online bio on documentary work

FILMMAKER

Petri Luukkainen is a director known for his high-concept documentaries. Petri has worked years internationally - directing documentary films and TV series (as commisioned and independent) for multiple broadcasters and streamers like BBC, ARTE, YLE, VIAPLAY- while staying in California, having a bicycle in Copenhagen and running production company in Helsinki. Now as "things have changed with traveling", Petri is currently staying in Helsinki.

Petri´s debut documentary MY STUFF (2013) was a hit, running theatrical worldwide and did the whole shabang to being made into a reality TV format "Stripped" (USA, UK, Germany..) to a fictional remake 100 THINGS (2018) by Warner Bros Pictures & Pantaleon. His latest documentary release was an original documentary series Just Boys: IRL for BBC Three.

Petri´s ideas and thinking, show his "internet background" as a teenager. Instead of making "8mm short films", he was using digital pocket camera and a computer to upload low resolution videos and GIFs with his friends to their own website for the whole world to see. This was somewhere in the late 1990s - years before Youtube or streaming. That launched Petri to start his career at the age of 17 to direct almost anything except the traffic.

Director and Producer

MY STUFF

(ORIG. TAVARATAIVAS) 2013

Petri's debut film is a very personal documentary recounting Luukkainen's one-year self–experiment of deprivation and discovery where he took every single possession he had, put them all in storage and bought nothing more. He allowed himself to take back only one item per day. Film was theatrically distributed around the world, and it served the basis for the reality show (Life Stripped Bare, Channel 4) and is being transformed to a fictional remake (Pantaleon, Germany) atm.

Director

JUST BOYS

BBC Three, 2018

From Virtual to reality, Just Boys is a six-part series about a group of sixteen and seventeen-year-old boys who found each other in the online gaming world but are yet to find their true selves. We are with them as they step outside their childhood homes to meet each other for the first time, interailing through Europe. Afflicted by mental health issues, loneliness, sexual identity and adolescence, the five British teenagers from different parts of the country and very different walks of life share just one thing; they all feel like outsiders.

Director and Producer

THE CLIMATE GAME

(ORIG. ISOJEN POIKIEN ILMASTOPELISSÄ) 2013

A reactive short form documentary. In 2013 Petri read an article about climate change in the biggest newspaper in Finland and got angry on the angle of the article. The result: a short doc The Climate Game that was produced and released in 7 days. The release was using Youtube as a major media and the production company Unikino made a impact campaign to gain publicity for the topic. Short listed in global Action4Climate short film competition and featured in the WorldBank as Finlands presentation.

Director

YOUTUBE MONEYMAKER

not released by the broadcaster

A documentary on youtuber made by a documentary filmmaker. Needless to say, the meta is that: When you watch this documentary, we are making money out of it.

short form | Finland | Unikino
YLE, SES, AVEK

Works in progress as Director

GAME OF MINDS

Documentary Series, Film and Social media universe | Finland, Germany - expected release 2021 | Napafilms, Corsofilm

Works in progress as Director

Would You Eat This?

Series 5 x 28 | release 2021 | YLE with co-prod SVT NRK DR

Works in progress as Director

IN VIRTUAL LIFE

Documentary | UK, 2018-> | inquiries by email

Works in progress as Director

NEVER-ENDING DREAM

Hybrid Documentary | Germany, Finland | Kloos&Co, Sons of Lumiere

TV Series as Director and co-producer

FOODMARKETS

ARTE (2016) STEFILM, ITALY

Web Series

LIVE AT WE JAZZ

Finland | Wejazz | Unikino
Season one, 2014 Youtube | Season two - Summer 2018