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 Producer’s Australia award for Best Feature Length Documentary. This landmark film, commissioned for the Anzac Centenary, was also nominated for the prestigious NSW History Prize and screened on BBC4 and Netflix.
Other MAGO Films documentaries include Life Architecturally commissioned by ABC Arts, screened in NY at the Architecture and Design Film Festival and at FIFA in Montreal. This film was also nominated for Best Arts Documentary at the prestigious ATOM Awards. Another arts film, The Fabulous Flag Sisters, was the winner Best Documentary at the Roma Film Festival and collected several WA Screen Awards. Hoover’s Gold, commissioned by SBS was one of the most watched documentaries on the channel the year is aired on the network.
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 worldwide.
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 sold to more than 70 territories globally; the Foxtel top rating series 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 series 1 & 2 for the UK Food Network and National Geographic People Channel Australia in 2013 and 2014. A reboot of the successful format Surfing the Menu was produced in 2016 entitled Surfing the Menu the Next Generation and is distributed by ABC Commercial.
Most recently she produced a second series On Country Kitchen for NITV and SBS and a second series of Born to Cook: Jack Stein Downunder The Kimberley for UKTV and SBS Food Network. A short film for Discovery Channel entitled Shark Soup about the shark fin trade was also filmed in HK for Shark Week.
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For Mago Films, Barry has conceived and co-written the top-rating Hoover’s Gold, the multi-award-winning The Fabulous Flag Sisters and the acclaimed documentary The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse.
In 2013, Barry was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by The University of Western Australia.
His many radio credits include the 13-part series Writing the Nation: Australian Literature to 1950 (ABC Radio National). He is the author of Perth Sketchbook (UWA Press) and the much-admired Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook. He has contributed to The Historical Encyclopaedia of Western Australia and An Everyday Transience: The Urban Imaginary of Goldfields Photographer J.J. Dwyer, both for UWA Press.
Paloma Bartsch started her career freelancing on the MagoFilms series and gained some experience as a production assistant while she was studying at university. After attaining her two degrees in 2014; a BA in Journalism and a BSocSci in Sociology, and a Masters of Education. Paloma worked in in Advertising for two years, managing admin, social media accounts and creating short content for online as well as strategy assistance.
Paloma joined MagoFilms in May 2016 as an accomplished writer, social media strategist and photographer with the view to becoming a experienced producer within the next few years for MagoFilms.
Paloma has worked as an Assistant Line Producer on 2 series of Recipes That Rock with Matt Stone and Blur rocker, Alex James. Paloma recently completed working on Country Kitchen (NITV/SBS) as a factual researcher, Line Producer and Photographer.
In 2017 Paloma completed Born To Cook with Jack Stein, (SBS/UKTV) which she co-Produced, co-Created and co-Wrote. Paloma also Produced Shame, a 1 x 20 min observational documentary for ABC ME, commissioned by ABC and Screen Australia which was produced under Karla Hart Enterprises.
She also Produced Shark Soup (Discovery Channel Asia), a short 8.15 minute documentary in conjunction with the Screenwest initiative, Shark Bites.
Paloma was recently recognised as an Emerging Producer, receiving a bursary to attend World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in San Francisco in November 2017. Paloma is currently in production for series 2 of On Country Kitchen (NITV/SBS).
Matildas work mainly includes line producing, social media management, and digital art. She completed a Bachelor Degree of Media and Communications, Majoring in Film and Video and Minoring in Broadcasting at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and The State University of California, United States of America. Completing her first solo exhibition at the Goodwill Basement of the Rechabite Club in February 2020, Matilda engages in actively sharing her content on a public level. Despite her age, Matilda has embraced the film and arts community of Perth, freelancing in producing, directing, art direction, social media management, events management, editing, and videography.
Most recently her work revolves around digital arts mentoring and collaboration at DADAA Art Gallery, as well as managing and strategising the companies social media. She has experience in Front of House positions and in Digital Marketing for a variety of shows, as well as her engagement with stage work and acting, which has informed her newfound pathway of line producing in the film industry. She draws inspiration from the world around her, and has a strong interest in reflecting the notions and morals of the world through abstract film, editing, and photography.