A student at the National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology before relocating to London, he has worked in West-End theatre and independent film.
He currently juggles freelance video editing work with producing his own films and teaching Film and Video through the Trinity College London Arts Award Programme.
Matthias has previously made three “very dark experimental short films”. Two of these were screened in April at an avant-garde film event hosted by Westminster University, and in August his films will be showcased at London’s Underdog Art Gallery.
But the director now feels “compelled to make an hour-long film” — and Post-Human Perversions is it.
Its production is now being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, with 25 days left at time of writing to raise the £15,000 needed to realise the project.
Post-Human Perversions is set in a post-apocalyptic underworld inhabited only by synthetic androids and organic biomechanoids.
They are cursed with human sexuality and share humans’ capacity for love and depravity in equal measure.
Von Braun was determined to populate the drama with a “some of the most exciting actors, burlesque performers and fetish models from the United Kingdom and Europe”.
First performers onboard included model and Games of Thrones actress Portia Victoria, well-known latex model Zara DuRose, promoter and Imaginarium performer Dru Lynch and actor/life model Neil Summerville.
Portia will appear as a latex-clad robot sex slave with a heart of gold, and Zara will play a sensual hologram that can be seen but not touched.
The latest addition to the line-up is model Emilie Lynch Williams, who’ll be another of the many characters in the film wearing Libidex latex from the label’s Liberation store in Covent Garden.
Says Matthias: “I’m making this film for every one of us that’s ever fantasised about robots, cyborgs and androids. I’m making this film for every one of us that wants to see kinky sexuality in a science fiction film.
“I’m already investing as much of my own time and money into the production as possible. I don’t believe in asking others to contribute to something that I’m not already giving everything to.”
After his own investment, he explains, an additional £12,000 is still needed to complete the film, plus a further £3,000 to cover the costs of DVD and Blu-Ray duplication and Indiegogo fees.
With crowdfunding chosen as the right way to raise the extra, there are a variety of perks on offer to investors who pledge amounts between £10 and £300 to the project.
The cheapest perks range from DVDs to signed Blu-Ray copies priced at between £10 and £30.
Then for pledges between £30 and £50 there are various combinations of London Premier tickets and After Party tickets.
At the top end of the perks are opportunities at £200 and £300 to be credited as an Executive Producer, with an entitlement to two or four Premier and After Party tickets respectively.
The campaign to fund Post-Human Perversions will receive all money raised by the closing date, Saturday June 18, even if the target is not reached.
And, promises Matthias Von Braun: “I’m still going to make this film even if I don’t raise my entire goal. I will beg, borrow and steal to complete this film.”
Good to know he’s really committed — but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!
Watch the Post-Human Perversions promo below, visit the director’s YouTube page to see more of his work, and click on the Indiegogo link to see full details of the perks on offer and to pledge your support for the project.
Published May 24, 2016