Pat Kiely is a writer/director/actor. He recently completed his debut feature, Who is KK Downey?, which he co-wrote, co-directed, starred and produced.
The film played at over 40 festivals where it won 4 awards, was nominated for a Genie, a Jutra, and opened with the highest per screen average in Canada. Made on a shoestring budget, the film has been hailed by critics as “the real thing…a truly funny film movie” (John Anderson, VARIETY), “Touching, hilarious, and vulgar…an auspicious debut feature of deeply funny talent,” (Mariko McDonald, FILMTHREAT) and “The funniest movie of the year,” (Matthew Hayes, THE MIRROR). KK was released in the US on November 3rd, 2009.
Kiely has also worked in the writing room while doing guest spots on Canadian TV series’ “The Foundation” (Showcase), “Sophie” (CBC) and developed “drunk.broke” for CityTV, where he was the creator and show runner. On IFC’s “The Business”, Kiely worked as an associate producer, second unit director and starred in an episode.
His spec scripts for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Party Down’ have won awards and been finalists in numerous festivals including The Austin Film Festival, Wildsound Film Festival and CAA Creative Screenwriting fests.
As a writer/director, he is attached to features “The Wolfpack” (producer Michael Dowse), “Horse” (producer Kevin & Jacob Tierney), “Gastown” (producer Melissa Malkin), “Cockblocker” (producer Pat Kiely) and “Mile End” (producer Richard Lalonde). All are in development with Canadian funding bodies.
As an actor – after starring in Who is KK Downey?, Kiely landed roles in The Trotsky (dir Jacob Tierney), A Flesh Offering (dir Jeremy Torrie) and Everywhere (dir Alexis-Durand Brault), both set for a 2010 release. He’s also starred in “The Foundation” (Showcase), The Great War (CBC), “Naked Josh” (CTV) and “Les Bougon” among numerous other Canadian television shows. He’s currently booked to star in a new pilot for APTN entitled “Escape Hatch.”