Marian Bartsch established MAGO Films in 1999 and has produced close to 100 hours of successful and award-winning, factual entertainment and television documentaries.
Including the landmark ABC-commissioned WW1 documentary, “The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse” or “Great War Horses.” An international title, which was nominated for an AFI/AACTA Award for Best Cinematography and a Screen Producers Australia Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Additionally, this film won a Gold Tripod at the Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards in 2013. “Great War Horses” also screened BBC4, Netflix and NGO.
Other documentaries include the historical film “Hoover’s Gold” and “Life Architecturally”, nominated for Best Arts Documentary at the prestigious ATOM Awards. This documentary was screened at the NY Architecture and Design Film Festival and FIFA in Montreal. “The Fabulous Flag Sisters” won Best Documentary at the Roma Film Festival and at WA Screen Awards for excellence in Documentary Production in 2009.
Known for producing factual lifestyle content for ABC, Discovery Channel, SBS Food NITV, NGO and Foxtel over the years, including four series of “Surfing the Menu “ with Curtis Stone for ABC and Discovery, followed by “Surfing the Menu Next Generation,” a reboot of this globally successful food travel format. ScreenWest awarded Marian an Outstanding Achievement Award in International Marketplace in 2006. Other lifestyles titles include “Recipes that Rock”, “On Country Kitchen”, an indigenous food travel series for NITV and SBS, and two series of “Born to Cook” featuring Jack Stein for UKTV and SBS Food Network. Furthermore Marian has produced an environmental short film for Discovery Channel, entitled “Shark Soup” about the shark fin trade filmed in HK.