Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story + Satellite Q&A

United States, 2017 / 88 Mins

Director: Alexandra Dean

Starring: Charles Amirkhanian, Jeanine Basinger

Please note: This film starts at 18.30. (Not 19.00 as printed in the paper programme. There will be no ads or trailers).

The film will be followed by a live Q&A from the NFT in London. The evening's performance will end at 21:00.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.

Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—this film brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.