Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr HoH

"I am a very simple, complicated person." Hedy Lamarr

Showing Times

Wed 21 Mar 13:30

Hedy Lamarr was one of the leading female stars of 1940s, generally held to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and therefore the world, but few are aware of her off-screen accomplishments as an inventor.  Notorious for her early nude scenes in 'naturist' film Extase, few ever knew that she was the brilliant inventor of frequency hopping during WWII, which became the basis for wi-fi and bluetooth. Alexandra Dean’s documentary charts Lamarr’s fascinating life, from her youth in Vienna, her pursuit of a successful career - and challenging roles - in Hollywood, through to her determination to contribute to the war effort. In her own words and those close to her (and with her letters voiced by Diane Kruger), Bombshell paints a picture of a strong woman who defied expectation, and whose screen persona has eclipsed her supreme contribution to the science of communications. 

This screening is our Screen Gems screening.  That's good film in good company, with the chance for some guided discussion afterward - and all for the price of only £5.  We will be screening the Hard of Hearing version; that means fully audio-described, which includes information like *plane passes overhead*.  Many people appreciate this, but it can be a distraction if you don't need it.


Film Information

88 mins

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