Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Saturday 12th January 2019 in the Village Hall Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 28 mins Rated: 12
When a German U-Boat torpedoes a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to act. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to defeat the threat from German U-Boats. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, James Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world. Her invention would lead directly to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi technology itself. Hedy Lamarr was a genius, but the world only saw her beauty. Her face obscured the intelligence, the wit and the desire for something more. ‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ is a edy Lvivid portrait of one of the most beautiful, and arguably the smartest, actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age.
“It may be the best ‘not just a pretty face’ story in the history of the world.” Nigel Andrews (Financial Times)