Executive Producer, Producer

Marian Bartsch

Marian Bartsch established MAGO Films and 1999 and has produced over 80 hours of successful, award winning factual and lifestyle documentaries, 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 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 characterized 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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Marians CV

Producer, Writer, Researcher, Photographer

Alun Bartsch


Alun has a wide range of experience across many writing and production disciplines including broadcast documentaries, lifestyle series, corporate films and, in a previous life, as an award-winning Advertising Senior Writer/Creative Director in London, Melbourne and Perth.

BROADCAST. Alun has numerous broadcast documentary writing credits. Among them, X-Pats – The Alien Connection, a one-hour ABC / BBC and Channel 5 in the UK. Just a game, a one-hour documentary on the Nine Network for CM Films. Tribal Scent about the indigenous involvement in the international perfume industry. And as a writer and China crew onThrough Foreign Eyes.

Most recently, Alun had been a Production Manager, Post Consultant and Stills Photographer on the award-nominated The Waler. Australia’s Great War Horse.

Alun has also written What In The World Is Feng Shui? MagoFilms and Carlton International. Alun was also involved in the making of the acclaimed one-hour theatrically released and SBS TV documentary Hoover’s Gold.

Alun conceived and wrote 4 series of Surfing the Menu filmed throughout Australian and New Zealand. Surfing the Menu has sold into more than 70 territories. A brand new 13-part series, Surfing the Menu, Next Generation was also written by Alun.

He also conceived and wrote 2 series of Recipes that Rock which paired UK Blur rock guitarist/farmer/cheesemaker Alex James with skateboarding über eco-chef Matt Stone. Matt rocks too.

Alun reimagined 3 series of the hit BBC format The Best for Australia. He Wrote, Co-produced and Second-Unit Directed. Alun also Created, Wrote, Produced and Post-produced the 13 part, lifestyle, chat series, Quickies in My Kitchen starring Anna Gare and guests.

More recently Alun has been mentoring younger film-makers on On Country Kitchen & Born to Cook -Jack Stein Downunder.

In addition, Alun is also an accomplished Photographer responsible for many of the publicity stills for MagoFilms.

Research Writer

Barry Strickland

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.

Producer & Writer

Paloma Bartsch


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,
she 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 with in the next few years for MagoFilms.

Paloma has worked as an Assistant Line Producer on 2 series of Recipes That Rock with Matt S tone 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 recognized 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).