Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Dir: Alexandra Dean
Cast: Nino Amareno, Charles Amirkhanian, Jeanine Basinger
88mins   2017   USA   15   English   

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Depot screens Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, followed by satellite Q&A with Susan Sarandon and director Alexandra Dean. The film rediscovers Hollywood wild-child Hedy Lamarr, not only as a screen idol but as the brilliant mind who co-invented 1940s wireless technology still used today.

Executive produced by Susan Sarandon, the screening and Q&A will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland via satellite by Dogwoof, in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK.

When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called "the most beautiful woman in the world", invented a wireless form of communication that revolutionised mobile communications all over the world.

'What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.' - Kenneth Turran, Los Angeles Times