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


Mago Films has recently completed a number of projects including a 13-part factual series – Surfing the Menu: Next Generation for the ABC and Discovery Asia, On Country Kitchen a 4-part factual food based indigenous series for NITV and SBS, plus Born to Cook, Jack Stein Down Under which is a 4-part Factual series commissioned by SBS Food and UKTV.


Mago Films most recent documentary Great War Horses (Australian title, 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 in 2015.


Earlier documentaries includes one of SBS most watched films in 2007, Hoover’s Gold and the multi-award-winning The Fabulous Flag Sisters which won best film at the Roma Film festival. Another acclaimed film Life Architecturally was screened in New York at the Architecture and Design Film Festival as well at FIFA in Montreal. This documentary was also nominated for Best Arts Documentary at the prestigious ATOM Awards.


Mago Films is characterised by the company’s ability to pick unique Australian stories for the world and to discover new talent; a formula that has resonated with audiences world-wide. This includes four series of the hit travel, adventure and food series, Surfing the Menu with Curtis Stone and Ben O’Donoghue (2003-2006). The first four series have sold into more than 70 territories globally. Three series of Foxtel’s the top-rating series The Best in Australia was produced in 2007-2009. Most of Mago Films lifestyle entertainment series continues to find new markets internationally. This includes Quickies in my Kitchen with Anna Gare for the Lifestyle Food Channel and most recently, two series of Recipes that Rock, for the UK Food Network and National Geographic People Channel Australia (2013 and 2014). This entertaining series new food format featured UK rock band Blur guitarist and cheesemaker Alex James, together with a chef who rocks, Matt Stone.

meet our team

Marian Bartsch

Executive Producer, Producer

Alun Bartsch

Producer, Writer, Researcher, Photographer

Barry Strickland

Research Writer

Paloma Bartsch

Producer & Writer