BOMBSHELL: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

7pm, Sunday 18 March 2018, Grand Foyer

Year: 2017
Running Time: 89 minutes (Q&A approx 30 mins)
Director: Alexandra Dean
Genre: Documentary

A film by Alexandra Dean
Produced by Susan Sarandon

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (Ziegfeld Girl, Samson and Delilah) was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.

Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian Jewish emigré who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but wasignored and tol to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very endof her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis forsecure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Hedy never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. But in 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.

Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, BOMBSHELL (executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor and Regina Scully) finally gives Hedy Lamarr the chance to tell her own story.

Tickets £6

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This screening is part of our Women in Focus day:
To mark #Vote100 we dedicate Sunday of the film festival to women in film. Focusing on female directors, strong female leads, films that pass the Bechdel test. There will be discussions, craftivism workshops and resource/awareness raising for local women’s services running alongside the film programme.

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Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 5pm

Tickets: £5

Man with a Movie Camera

Year: 1929  Running Time: 68
Director: Dziga Vertov
Cert: U
Genre: Documentary

The best-known work of experimental documentary pioneer Dziga Vertov, Man with a Movie Camera is one the most influential films in cinema history. A poetic vision of urban life in 1920s Russia, Vertov’s extraordinary montage presents a bustling city at work and at play – a high-octane metropolis invigorated by an increasingly industrialised economy. Narrative-free and stripped of many of the conventions of silent cinema, the film exhibits a technical confidence that belies the fact that it was the director’s first feature. With its stunning range of camera angles and imaginative use of cinematic tricks (including dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames), Vertov’s ‘mechanical eye’ takes centre-stage, his images ingeniously edited together to present an exhilarating ode to Bolshevik Russia.

We are pleased to present this screening with a live accompaniment on the world-famous Opera House Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

How to Survive the 1940s (1946-50)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 11am – 2pm

Tickets: Free admission as part of the Winter Gardens Open Day


How to Survive the 1940s

Year: 1946-50  Running Time: 85
Director: Richard Massingham et al.
Cert: PG
Genre: Documentary

Since 1946 the COI (Central Office of Information) has brought us public information films on health, safety and welfare issues — from the danger of accepting sweets from strangers to how to survive a nuclear explosion.

This special programme brings together some rarely seen highlights from the COI’s founding years, the late 1940s, drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive. These films, screened to huge cinema audiences, aimed to put a war-weary nation back on its feet. Some remain surprisingly topical, such as Worth the Risk? (a sardonic exposé of dangerous drivers, cutting and swerving through the streets of post-war London) or Your Children’s Meals (practical guidance for the parents of fussy eaters). Others reflect the particular preoccupations of those post-war years: The People at No. 19 is a mini noir thriller on the subject of venereal disease, while Richard Massingham’s Pool of Contentment — on how to get the best out of the office typing pool — offers a comic glimpse of the 1940s workplace. Combining fictional and documentary approaches, these films provide an intriguing portrait of everyday life in 1940s’ Britain, recorded in atmospheric detail.

The programme contains:

Worth the Risk? (UK 1948 | 10 mins ); Help Yourself (John Waterhouse | UK 1950 | 12 mins); Another Case of Poisoning  (John Waterhouse | UK 1949 | 14 mins); The People at No. 19 (J.B. Holmes | UK 1949 | 18 mins); Your Children’s Meals (Alex Strasser | UK 1947 | 13 mins); Pool of Contentment (Richard Massingham | UK 1946 | 18 mins)