Mick Csáky

Documentary film writer, producer & director

photograph of Mick


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.

To see a list of all Mick Csáky's productions from 1971 to 2013 click here



To view a dozen past productions by Mick Csáky click on the Vimeo links below: 

Please note that all the films below were produced and directed by Mick Csáky unless otherwise indicated.

    3-minute video to support a successful application by Amref Health Africa for a £1.37 million grant from the international law firm Allen & Overy, for a health related project in rural Tanzania in 2014.
    See: https://vimeo.com/107685396
  • ONE WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL: creating global conversations
    As Festival Director, he conceived and staged this two-day event at University College London during 8th & 9th November 2013. The festival combined panel discussions, lectures, films, a radio show and a comedy act - all highlighting the media's power to increase cultural understanding and contribute to global justice.
    A One World Media production in association with Open City Docs.
    See: http://www.oneworldmedia.org.uk/festival
  • THE GODMTHER OF ROCK &: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    One-hour documentary film about the highly influential African-American gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The film was originally commissioned by BBC4 for transmission in the UK during 2011 and 2012. Subsequently, a 52-minute version was edited for the PBS strand American Masters for transmission in the USA during 2013 and 2014. Subsequently, a Director's Cut version was created in 2014.

    59-minute Director's Cut version of 2014

    PBS/American Masters website for the first USA transmission on 22 February 2013
    Watch on pbs.org

    12-minute interview with Mick Csáky about the making of the film
    3-minute presentation of a camera distribution project by the Israeli NGO B’Tselem.
    2009 / One World Media Awards 
  • AFRICA LIVE: The Roll Back Malaria Concert
    120-minute concert documentary made to raise global awareness of malaria in Africa.
    2005 / BBC4/Arte France

    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.

  • SHIRIN EBADI: Divided By The Prize
    30-minute profile of 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
    2004 / BBC4
    52-minute documentary about a geisha girl working within the Gion district of Kyoto.
    2000 / BBC2/Kyoto Broadcasting Service
    90-minute opera movie featuring Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, staged and filmed within the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.
    1999 / BBC2
  • 444 DAYS
    104-minute account of the US hostage crisis in Iran of 1979-81 directed by Leslie Woodhead
    1997 / BBC2
  • CHAIRMAN MAO: The Last Emperor
    60-minute biography of Mao Zedong directed by Jeremy Bennett
    1993 / BBC2 / A&E / France 3
    Episode 1 of a 6x1-hour global economics series THE MIDAS TOUCH written & presented by Anthony Sampson, co-directed by Mick Gold
    1990 / BBC2 / TV Asahi
    52-minute documentary about a remarkable cure for heroin addiction in Thailand.
    1988 / ITV
    Episode 3 of the 8x1-hour series AFRICA written & presented by Basil Davidson.
    1984 / Channel 4
  • AFRICA: A Voyage of Discovery
    All 8 x 1-hour episodes of the award-wining series AFRICA: A Voyage of Discovery, written & presented by Basil Davidson. An MBTV production for Channel 4 / 1984
    Episode 1 - https://vimeo.com/78377239
    Episode 2 - https://vimeo.com/78377242
    Episode 3 - https://vimeo.com/78377241
    Episode 4 - https://vimeo.com/78377240
    Episode 5 - https://vimeo.com/78411472
    Episode 6 - https://vimeo.com/78411473
    Episode 7 - https://vimeo.com/78412707
    Episode 8 - https://vimeo.com/78413455

    Broad-sweep history, rich in texture. A stunning piece of work.
    - John Corry of New York Times, 26 March 1986