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


He has filmed underwater, edited in sandy deserts, directed and conducted music for feature & short drama, TV commercials, documentary series,  animations, musical theatre, and opera. 

In the world of film and tv, his camera work has captured short films, 

branded content for global clients, and internationally distributed documentary series.

Musically, his scores have 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 a post-pandemic world, it's time to be more flexible. Joe has been swapping hats from director through cameraman, editor, sound guy and composer his whole career, with both a bachelor's degree in media production and a masters in music composition from the best music college in Europe.

To listen and see these skills in action,  head on over to the PORTFOLIO page.

01st Jul 2020

Well coronavirus has certainly shaken up the world as we know it. 

My plans to settle down in NYC have been cut short and completely redesigned, sending myself packing and back to my hometown of Sydney. 

Downunder has been a good place to reflect, recharge and figure out the next steps into this new world, or old - I did work here for 3 years before heading abroad. 

To keep busy, I've teamed up with some wonderfully creative friends of mine to bring to life a creative idea we have been workshopping these past few months. It will involve new music, dance and visual performance coming to a virtual screening near you! Until then, there are always commercials and jingles to write, short musicals to finish off, and of course when all that fails, my sourdough starter to feed.

Seriously, it's a demanding pet. OH and I've made time to get out on the beautiful Sydney Harbour to go for the odd kayak. 

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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.

Get in touch:

Email: joe@tadpolestudios.com.au

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