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Frontyard Films[1] is the film production company of Australian documentary filmmakers Amanda 'Mandy' King[2] and Fabio Cavadini,[3][4] who have been making films together for more than 20 years. Their releases, including An Evergreen Island,[5] Starting from Zero[6] and A Thousand Different Angles,[7] have shown at film festivals and on television internationally.[8]


An Evergreen IslandEdit

An Evergreen Island[9] (Frontyard Films, 2000) depicts life on the Pacific island of Bougainville under a military blockade. Filmmakers Amanda King and Fabio Cavadini document the resilience of a people surviving for years with virtually no trade or contact with the outside world.[10] The film was a finalist in Short Form Documentary at Australia’s 2008 ATOM Awards.[11]

Starting From ZeroEdit

Starting From Zero (Frontyard Films, 2002) followed the challenges faced by three exiled East Timorese on returning to their devastated homeland, during its transition into the independent country of Timor Leste.[12] The project was made possible by funding from the Australian Film Commission and SBS TV, Australia. Starting from Zero aired on the A&E Network [13] in the US, and received honours at the US International Film and Video Festival.[14]

Inge King: A Thousand Different AnglesEdit

Frontyard Films' A Thousand Different Angles[15](2010) surveys the work and artistic philosophies of Melbourne sculptor Inge King, a WWII refugee who was one of the influential “Centre 5” [16] group of Australian sculptors. The production, featuring an original jazz score, debuted on ABC TV, Australia in 2010.[17]

Festival ScreeningsEdit

Documentaries by Frontyard Films have screened at festivals, theatres and museums in Australia, Canada, England, Greece, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.[18]

Current ProjectsEdit

Amanda King and Fabio Cavadini are currently undertaking research for a documentary film on the life and art of internationally renowned, Melbourne-born sculptor Clement Meadmore.

Frontyard Films is also continuing production of a documentary film detailing the history of controversy surrounding the Ok Tedi gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

Amanda King continues to teach documentary filmmaking at the Sydney Film School, of which Amanda King and Fabio Cavadini are founding faculty members.[19]


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