Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Dir Alexandra Dean, US 2017 On UK release from 9 March
Anyone who knows their Hollywood history will not only recognise the name Hedy Lamarr, but also be able to put a gorgeous face to it. However, as many a woman with equal parts beauty and intelligence can confirm, the former tends to be remarked upon and celebrated a lot more than the latter; and in Lamarr’s case, she would come to consider her beauty a curse. Just as fans of Hollywood glamour will cherish Lamarr the movie star, anyone with a decent knowledge of science and technology can attest to Lamarr’s scientific accomplishments being just as, if not more, remarkable, as she played an integral part in developing the technology that people currently rely on for their Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS needs.
In this documentary, the life, career and inventive genius of this remarkable woman are explored in detail. In an era of social change when women are increasingly gaining voices to tell their stories, Lamarr’s is one that certainly deserves to be told, as it’s a thrilling, witty and tragic tale of a woman for whom recognition is long overdue.