If you make it to this screening at Howler you’re in for something a bit special – D-floor-ready synth-pop group GL will score the film live. Let’s see what they come up with.
— Will Cox, Broadsheet


Event information:

Film: Heartbeats dir. Xavier Dolan
Live Score: GL
Venue: Howler, Brunswick
Date: 3rd of March, 2016

This time around, Melbourne duo Ella Thompson & Graeme Pogson, aka GL, will perform their distinctive concoction of 80’s analogue synth pop to Xavier Dolan’s heavily stylized, visual delight - Heartbeats.

film Synopsis

Some might not be yet acquainted with 26-year-old Québécois director Xavier Dolan. But at the Cannes Film Festival, where the wunderkind won the Jury Prize last year for his fifth feature Mommy, Dolan is a bit of a god
— Vanity Fair

A love triangle is formed and friendship turns to romantic rivalry for gay man Francis and straight woman Marie when a veritable Adonis named Nicolas enters their lives. Sexual tensions mount as Francis and Marie await Nicolas' show of preference. Xavier Dolan's second film, happily under the influence of Godard, Audrey Hepburn, and Wong Kar-wai, is a study of the fall into love. Laced with humorous insights and unleased passion, we follow each stage of the typical love story’s progress.


Layering sultry disco vocals over intricately textured production, GL have cultivated their own evocative sound that is constantly reaching for the cosmos. Facilitating a revival of the synth-laden sound of the 80s, the duo’s lush blend of neon-lit pop instantly enchanted fans and industry insiders alike.

Hand-picked to support the likes of Chet Faker, Shamir and Saskwatch, GL have also landed spots at some of the country’s most illustrious festivals, with performances at Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival & OutsideIn. Tunes such as ‘Take Me Back’, ‘What Happened to Us?’ and ‘Number One’ are as comfortable spinning alongside boogie classics as they are on the modern airwaves.


Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056
7:00pm, Thursday the 3rd of March


Splashy colors, oddball framing and super-cool threads supply the picture’s bizarre love triangle with a dance-club atmosphere that’ll seduce young audiences of most any orientation.
— Variety
Delightful and insightful romantic comedy.
— Wall Street Journal