Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ premiere hit by technical difficulties after lightning strike

The premiere took the Venice Film Festival quite literally by storm

The world premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was hit with technical difficulties on Friday (August 31) after the theatre showing the film was struck by lightning.

Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – who also makes his directorial debut with the film – the premiere  was well underway at the Sala Grande in Venice when the lightning bolt struck. Half way through the showing, the film stopped for fifteen minutes after a projector bulb blew.

During the 15 minute blackout, Lady Gaga laughed and blew kisses to the audience whilst technicians worked to restore the film. On social media, the audience at the premiere captured the moment:


Lady Gaga walks the red carpet ahead of the ‘A Star Is Born’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

At the press conference earlier in the day, Lady Gaga spoke more about the film which is a remake of a 1937 movie of the same name.

She said: “It’s a story about love and about what Bradley refers to as the human plight of addiction. It was a remarkable experience for me.”


Meanwhile, the film has received universal acclaim from critics, with Gaga’s performance widely praised and the film hailed as “an instant classic.”

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave the film five stars, saying: “Cooper directs and co-stars in this outrageously watchable and colossally enjoyable new version, supercharged with dilithium crystals of pure melodrama. He appears opposite a sensationally good Lady Gaga, whose ability to be part ordinary person, part extraterrestrial celebrity empress functions at the highest level at all times.”

Elsewhere, Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt praised Gaga’s “serious-actress transformation”, saying “she certainly deserves praise for her restrained, human-scale performance as a singer whose real-girl vulnerability lands miles away from the glittery meat-dress delirium of her own stage persona.”

You can read some more reaction to the film here:

Last week (August 30), details of the film’s soundtrack were also released. Featuring original new music from Lady Gaga and Cooper, the soundtrack will include music by Mark Ronson and Julia Michaels.

The film is released in cinemas on October 5.