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Seniors’ paid matinee: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story + intro

In this fascinating new doc meet Hedy Lamarr: glamorous Hollywood star and genius inventor.

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USA 2017
Dir Alexandra Dean
Certificate 12A
A Dogwoof release

Hedy Lamarr was one of the leading female stars of 1940s Hollywood, but few would be aware of her off-screen accomplishments as an inventor of frequency hopping during WWII, which later became the basis for wi-fi and bluetooth. Alexandra Dean’s documentary charts Lamarr’s fascinating life, from her youth in Vienna, the pivotal transatlantic journey that landed her a lucrative contract with MGM, her struggles for more challenging roles, to her determination to contribute to the war effort. Through 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 earned her place in the history of both Hollywood and science.

Aga Baranowska, Events Programmer

See our International Women’s Day Preview + Q&A on Thursday 8 March and other screenings of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Audio Description available at all screenings. The screenings on Friday 9 March 14:00 and Sunday 11 March 16:00 will have subtitles for the hearing impaired.

See our Hedy Lamarr On Screen strand.


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