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Working across multiple platforms, Joe Kiely is a composer and filmmaker at heart.


He has written and conducted music for feature & short drama, TV commercials, documentary series, musical theatre, and opera. 

His music has been the emotional driving force behind award-winning advertising campaigns for CNN International and performed live on international stages from New York's Off-Broadway to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival.


In the world of film and tv, his scores have accompanied numerous short films,

feature-length drama, and internationally distributed documentary series.

Below are 'music only' showreels categorized by their media platform.

To listen to full versions and playlists, head on over to the PORTFOLIO page.

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2nd Feb 2020

Starting end of February, I have been selected to join the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in New York City.  Here we will be given the chance to write the score for 4 graduating film-makers projects. Over the 8 week course, we will be mentored by  Alex Steyermark (musical supervisor for Ang Lee & Spike Lee) to write, develop and eventually record with NYC based session players. 

Each of these four films plus trailer will be submitted to the annual Columbia University Film School Film Festival, for screenings in NYC and LA. 

ASCAP are hosting a 'Composer Spotlight' page with further information - click on the image to the left for more details! See you all in New York! :)

10th Dec 2019

Pleased to share this short clip from a recording session we held recently for a musical film I am working on. The film is called 'The Cow of Fire' and follows a teenager who is summoned to court to serve as a witness in a case that puts his family versus his lover; exploring an age gap romance, social conventions and the concept of "saudade". 

This film is my 3rd collaboration between Portuguese writer and director, Vasco De Oliveira, and for this project, we combined both English and Portuguese lyrics into some of the musical numbers featured throughout the film. 

The cast includes West End 'Hamilton' performer, Nuno Queimado who plays persecuted Joe alongside Anthony Selwyn, Sawyer. The film is currently in post-production with a festival run and release date for mid-2020. For more information, head on over to https://www.facebook.com/TheCowofFire/

10th Aug 2019

The past few months have been bonkers busy - finishing a masters degree, composing music for my first feature film, Incidental Charactersalongside developing a musical short film and recording the tracks. The original soundtrack for Incidental Characters is available on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Music - have a quick listen to the preview below.

Amongst all that, we had brilliant conductor Matt Dunkley (Moulin Rouge!, Mission Impossible Fallout, Dark Knight) workshop an orchestral piece at the Royal College of Music in London.


The piece is a re-score for the opening scenes to How To Train Your Dragon 2. Score available here - video of the workshop to the left.

Following these sessions, I wrote and recorded 52minutes of music for the film Incidental Characters which will commence festival distribution in the coming months. The trailer and website can be found right here.

Feature-length film credits include Incidental Charactersamongst many other short films such as Haven, Suburban Curiosity, Lisboa-Santarem,

and the award-winning animation short for the Children's Society, a charity in the UK,  I am Worthless.

Commercial credits include Samsung, Breguet, Chanel, Judo Federation alongside tourism campaigns for Mauritius, Costa Rica, Hungary & UAE.

Short form documentary style for broadcast and online branding (Lleyton Hewitt, Paul Tergat, Great Big Story), and long form (6x 30min episodes) for the epic travel/history series, Greeks of the Sea.

Excerpts from the Off-Broadway production of Crab House - A Bloody Musical produced in New York 2011, Fruity and the Tweet, live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, and AMIRA, a mini-opera produced by tete-a-tete at the Royal College of Music in London 2018.

AMIRA looks into the complicated state of social media, fake news, artificial intelligence and its role in our society. 

Get in touch:

Email: joe@tadpolestudios.com.au

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