Mago Films has produced over 70 hours of successful television documentaries and factual series since 1999.


Since 1999 MAGO Films has produced over 80 hours of successful,award-winning international factual television including landmark historical documentaries.


The ABC-commissioned WW1 documentary, The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse, was nominated for an AFI/AACTA Award for Best Cinematography and a Screen Producers Australia award for Best Feature Length Documentary and has recently screened on BBC4. This landmark film, commissioned for the Anzac Centenary, was also nominated for the prestigious NSW History Prize.


Other documentaries include Life Architecturally (ABC), which screened in New York at the Architecture and Design Film Festival and at FIFA in Montreal. It was nominated for Best Arts Documentary at the prestigious ATOM Awards. The Fabulous Flag Sisters, was winner of Best Documentary at the Roma Film Festival in Italy and several WA Screen Awards. Hoover’s Gold, filmed in the USA and Australia, was commissioned by SBS.


MAGO Films’ productions are characterised by the company’s ability to pick unique Australian stories and to discover new talent, a formula that has resonated with audiences world-wide. This includes the hit travel/adventure/food series Surfing the Menu with Curtis Stone and Ben O’Donoghue (Series 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2003-2006) which has sold to more than 70 territories globally; the top rating and the best in Australia (Series 1, 2 & 3, 2007-2009), Quickies in My Kitchen with Anna Gare for the Lifestyle Food Channel; and Recipes That Rock featuring Chef Matt Stone and foodie/musician Blur’s Alex James, series 1 & 2in 2013 and 2014was for the UK Food Network and National Geographic People Channel Australia.


Most recently MAGO Films produced On Country Kitchen for NITV and SBS Food Network and a 4 x 30 min series Born to Cook: Jack Stein Downunder for UKTV and Food Network plus a short film for Discovery Channel, Shark Soup about the international shark fin trade for Shark Week.

meet our team

Marian Bartsch

Executive Producer, Producer

Alun Bartsch

Producer, Writer, Researcher, Photographer

Barry Strickland

Research Writer

Paloma Bartsch

Producer & Writer