Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

The Hollywood starlet who revolutionized wireless communications

2017 | Running Time: 90 minutes | Rating: NR

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, actress Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian immigrant from Hitler’s Europe, starred alongside Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, and was celebrated as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” but Hedy Lamarr was so much more than just a pretty face. In 1941, she patented a secure form of wireless communication called “frequency hopping” (a forerunner to “spread spectrum communications”), paving the way for secure communications over military satellites, GPS devices and Wi-Fi technology, revolutionizing the way we communicate to this day. BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmakers: Alexandra Dean, Director/Producer; Susan Sarandon, Producer; Adam Haggiag, Producer; Katherine Drew, Producer

New York Film Critics, Online 2017: NYFCO Award Best Documentary
GALECA 2018: Dorian Award Documentary of the Year (nomination)
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival 2017: VTeddy Winner: Audience Award Feature, Clio Visualizing History Award
Nantucket Film Festival 2017: Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award
New York Film Critics, Online 2017: NYFCO Award Best Documentary
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017: Audience Award
Scottsdale International Film Festival 2017: Best Film
Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2017: Karen Morely Award, Best Documentary by or About Women
Aspen Filmfest 2017: Audience Award Audience Favorite Documentary (nomination)
Dallas Video Festival 2017: Jury Award Best Documentary (nomination)
Jerusalem Film Festival 2017: The Lia Van Leer Award (nomination)
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2017: PFCS Award Best Documentary (nomination)


“The movie reveals and demonstrates over and over that Lamarr was a fascinating and brilliant person, a true eccentric with considerable will and personal courage.”

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Tags: Biography, Immigration, Science and Technology, Art, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, History