Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- Date: Thursday 27th September
- Time: 7.30pm
- Tickets: £7
- Type: Film screening
A screening of Susan Sarandon-produced biographical documentary about the extraordinary life of Hedy Lamarr, telling the story of her childhood in Nazi Austria, to her Hollywood acting career, to her reclusive later years.
About "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"
Produced by Susan Sarandon, this 2017 American biographical documentary film, directed, written and co-edited by Alexandra Dean, tells of the extraordinary life of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.
The film follows the life story of Lamarr from her youth as the daughter of assimilated Austrian Jews through her rise to fame, the Nazi onslaught, her departure for the United States, six marriages, her acting career, her landmark invention, decline, and finally her death at the age of 85 in 2000.
It delves into Lamarr’s different, seemingly unhealthy relationships with Louis B. Mayer (the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios), Max Jacobson (Dr. Feelgood), director Cecil B. DeMille and her fascinating work with the eccentric Howard Hughes. The film also shows how Hedy Lamarr became so reclusive at the end of her life.
The film has won several awards including a New York Times Critic’s Pick and five audience awards. J. Hoberman named it “one of the ten best films of 2017”. In December 2017 the song “She” from the film by Alice Phoebe Lou was included on the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song.