The Royal Hotel: Jed Palmer Releases Score To New York Times Critic’s Pick Thriller (In US Theaters Now)


Note to self: Don’t run out of money while on vacation.  Award-winning Composer Jed Palmer (Upgrade, Other Life) provides the sonic backdrop to the Aussie outback thriller, The Royal Hotel, starring Emmy-winning actress Julia Garner (The Assistant, “Inventing Anna”, “Ozark”) and BAFTA Nominee Jessica Henwick (Glass Onion, The Matrix: Resurrections).  Now a New York Times Critic’s Pick film, The Royal Hotel made its worldwide premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.  Keep reading for full soundtrack details.

“Ulcer-inducing thriller” – Variety

Soundtrack Available Now: [Purchase / Stream]
Track List
01. It’s Not That Kind of Place
02. You Like Stars?
03. Wouldn’t Hurt to Smile
04. Sorry About the Mess
05. Slow As a Wet Week
06. Bedtime
07. She Doesn’t Smile
08. The Axe
09. We Were Supposed to Get Away
10. You Going to Hit Me with That?
11. Magic Hour
12. Let Her Rip

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Jed Palmer is an Australian born award – winning composer, musician and producer.
Utilising electronics, guitar and classical orchestration his work blends contrasting influences such as experimental music, noise, minimalism, drone, electro-acoustic, ambient and art rock. In 2018 Jed was nominated for an AACTA award for his score for Upgrade, Leigh Whannell’s cult sci-fi action film. In 2019, Jed was awarded the best score award at the Flickerfest Awards for his work on short film Sleepwalking.
Jed started writing music, playing in bands and touring at a young age. He soon realised his great passion was capturing sound, and collecting sounds together as collage. He studied audio engineering and began his working life as a recording engineer and producer, recording sound to analog tape. Exploring his own music, primarily on guitar and using samplers, and continuing to collaborate with others, his composition practice began to broaden, leading to commissions with theatre and dance companies.
An interstate move instigated a shift in focus to film, first working in all departments of post-production sound, then a move into sound design for feature films, documentaries and television. Jed brings together his vast musical experience, sound post production craft and audio knowledge to create vivid, textured, fierce scores for film and television.
Jed has created soundtracks for feature films Animals (Dir. Sophie Hyde, Sundance 2019) I Used To Be Normal – A Boyband Fangirl Story (Dir. Jessica Leski, Hot Docs 2018, SFF 2018) OtherLife (MIFF 2017, SFF 2017, San Diego 2017) The Infinite Man (SXSW 2014) and Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Venice Film Festival 2014, Winner AACTA Best Documentary).
Jed has written music for web series Over and Out (Canneseries 2019) TV Reality Series Restoration Australia (ABC TV) and TV documentary series Vietnam – War That Made Australia (SBS TV)
Jed has also created sound designs for feature films including: Wasted On The Young (Toronto International Film Festival), Bring Back The Dead (Singapore) and The Boy Castaways (Adelaide Film Festival 2013). He was nominated for best sound in a documentary film at the 2017 AACTA Awards for Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, Kitty Green’s film following the feminist activist movement FEMEN.
In addition to his film work, Jed has also composed scores for Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre and Sisters Grimm, Restless Dance Theatre, Sandpit and Google Creative, and scored permanent exhibitions for Melbourne Museum.

NEON presents The Royal Hotel, directed by Kitty Green () and starring Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick and Hugo Weaving, now playing in theaters (get tickets).


Americans Hanna and Liv are backpacking in Australia and take a temporary live-in job in a remote Outback mining town. Soon, they find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

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