Mick Csáky was born in the UK in 1945, of an English mother and a Hungarian father. He was educated at Bedales School during 1951-63, after which he undertook 8 years of further education - studying painting and sculpture at Farnham School of Art; design and photography at Saint Martin’s School of Art (BA); film and television at the Royal College of Art (MA).
In 1971 he entered the television industry by joining the production team making LWT's arts and entertainment magazine programme Aquarius. One year later he went freelance as an independent writer, producer and director.
To date he has produced and directed more than 100 documentary films for the cinema, television and DVD, in addition to executive producing a further 600 productions.
The majority of his output has been in the form of documentary singles and landmark series, made through his independent film and television production company Antelope, in the areas of human interest stories, biography, history, science, politics, economics, religion, music and arts; with assorted performance and magazine programmes and a limited number of drama productions for the cinema. For more detail, please visit www.antelope.co.uk
His programmes have won numerous international awards (including both US National and International Emmy awards), and have appeared on all of the main UK channels and in most countries of the world.
In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society "In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of television".
Since entering the industry he has run five independent production companies: Pictures That Move (1972-81 as Chief Executive); Viscom (1975-81 as an Executive Director); Mitchell Beazley Television (1981-83, as Chief Executive); Csáky Limited (1983-90 as Chief Executive); and Antelope (1988-90 as Executive Director and from 1990 to the present as Chief Executive & Creative Director).
Over the years he has served on the Councils of the Association of Independent Producers (AIP), Independent Programme Producers Association (IPPA), Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) and the Royal Television Society (RTS). During the 1990s he was Chairman of the Film Production Committee of the Arts Council of England.
During 2005-2010 he was a trustee of the Mary Rose Museum - See: www.maryrose.org
During 2007 -2013 he was a trustee of One World Media - See: www.oneworldmedia.org.uk
He regularly lectures in the UK, Europe and the USA about documentary film and television production and has conducted numerous Master Classes at film and television festivals.
Alongside his film and television work, Mick Csáky has undertaken extensive multi-media and multi-screen audiovisual work for museums (Natural History and Science museums, etc), exhibitions (British Genius and UK Expo pavilions, etc) and art galleries (Hayward Gallery, Musée des Arts Decoratif in Paris, etc). Additionally, his still photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including books that have accompanied several of his television series.
Mick Csáky is married to the screenwriter Jean Du Pasquier. They have three children: Leo, Corinna and Tim.
Please note that all the films below were produced and directed by Mick Csáky unless otherwise indicated.
The AFRICA LIVE: Roll Back Malaria Concert held in 2005 connected a global audience to create an international rallying cry for the fight against malaria. The concert and the film came at a pivotal time: the resulting groundswell of awareness helped support significant funding increases and contributed to a still-strong global movement that continues to make progress in saving lives from malaria.
- Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation.
Broad-sweep history, rich in texture. A stunning piece of work.
- John Corry of New York Times, 26 March 1986