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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story + Q&A

Alexandra Dean

We are thrilled to bring you this one-off screening alongside a Q&A with Director Alexandra Dean and Executive Producer Susan Sarandon, live from BFI Southbank. 

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (Ziegfeld Girl, Samson and Delilah) was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Catwoman were both based on her iconic style. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionise modern communication.

"Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer."

Mislabeled as ‘just another pretty face,’ Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian Jewish émigré who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept, which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Hedy never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. But in 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.

Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers – including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne – Bombshell finally gives Hedy Lamarr the chance to tell her own story.