Impenetrable, Matthias Von Braun’s latest contribution to the surreal fetish short film genre, will be available to watch on YouTube from 12am on Tuesday November 7.
Described as “a terrifying dark surreal short film about desire”, Impenetrable premiered at Fright Nights – the Ultimate Festival of Fear in Austria on Saturday October 21. The film was selected for showing at the Obscura Film Fest in Hanover, Germany (Nov 2-4) and the Hollywood Horrorfest (Nov 4-5), and will also shortly be screened at Seattle’s Secs Fest (Nov 10-12).
Impenetrable follows in the footsteps of the director’s previous acclaimed shorts such as Machine (2022), Switch (2022), Devoid (2019) and Decay II (2016).
Among these, Devoid for example has been nominated for 23 international film festival awards and won six awards in different categories at festivals in London, Berlin, Madrid, and Los Angeles.
New for 2023, Impenetrable features performers Lilith Newson and Arthur Griffiths.
Lilith Newson (they/them) is a performance artist and model “whose practice revolves around expression using the body, and artist personas”.
Their live and video performances have explored self-love, trauma, non-binary identity and glamouring.
Often at the forefront of all this is “an expression of sexuality, gender identity, and body politics in a contemporary context, the translation of intimacy onto digital platforms, and achieving transcendent states”.
Alongside their own practice, Lilith explores the position of the muse, the abstraction of identity through modification, and how other artists’ interpretations of their body all confront us with the reality of illusion.
Arthur Griffiths (they/them) tries to create “a space that allows each of us greater access to the collective spirit which permeates all experiences”.
By evoking honesty, communication and raw self-expression, they are “an active part of the convergence between the material, ego, and the shared abstract realms of imagination and possibility”.
As an actor, Arthur has worked with directors such as Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. As a musician, Arthur has recorded several albums, and their photography has been published by The Guardian. Arthur’s poetry has been praised by world-renowned poet Dermot Bolger.
Von Braun’s previous short film, Machine, which debuted at last years FrightFest in London, is the subject of a fascinating behind-the-scenes video from Latex Fashion TV.
LFTV’s Cole Black visited the set of Machine and captured actor Melanie Smith discussing her character and being painted in head-to-toe in latex for the project. You can watch the LFTV Machine BTS video below.