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Filmmaker Interview: Mick Csaky on ‘The Godmother of Rock & Roll’

Writer, producer and director Mick Csaky on making The Godmother of Rock & Roll.

Since graduating from the Film & Television School of the Royal College of Art in 1971, Mick Csaky has produced and directed more than 100 productions in more than 50 countries; while also
executive producing a further 600 productions through his independent production company Antelope. The primary focus of his documentary films has always been on human stories,
biographies, historical subjects, current affairs, music, and arts.

Mick and his production company Antelope have picked up numerous national and international awards including International Emmys, a Primetime Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Golds, San
Francisco Golds, New York Film & TV Festival Gold Medals, the Banff Grand Jury Prize, International Documentary Association (IDA) top prize, and Royal Television Society Awards. In
1998, Mick was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Television Society “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of television.” Mick is also a trustee of the One World
Media Trust.

Past music documentaries produced and directed by Mick Csáky include American Masters – Plácido Domingo: A Musical Life</em> and Africa Live: The Roll Back Malaria Concert, which
both aired on PBS, and the opera movie for cinema, television and DVD Mozart In Turkey (BBC2). Csáky executive produced American Masters – Bob Marley: Rebel Music, the
Oscar-nominated Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef, the Emmy-winning Cuban Missile Crisis, and the International Emmy-winning Chasing A Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker, among
many others.