Tickled

Tickled

Tickled

Investigative documentary following New Zealand journalist David Farrier. His discovery of the bizarre and troubling world of competitive tickling takes him down a rabbit hole of abusive emails, lawsuits, and alternate agendas...

"After stumbling upon a bizarre competitive endurance tickling video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking - the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films.

"The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole." (Sundance Film Festival)

Best Documentary Editing, NZ Film Awards
2016Rating: M, Offensive language and sexual themes92 minsNew Zealand
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
David Farrier (feature debut)Dylan Reeve (feature debut)
Cast:
David FarrierDylan ReeveHal Karp

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Tickled / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

If anyone were to find a cyber-thriller lurking inside a story about online competitive tickling, it’d be David Farrier – the David Attenborough of K' Rd. He and co-director Dylan Reeve were presented a seemingly innocuous string that, when pulled, led to an investigative journalist’s El Dorado. So they pulled it. And pinched it. And wiggled it. And tugged it. And, much like being strapped down to a tickle chair, things quickly go from chuckle-worthy weirdness to uncomfortably intense.

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Variety

Variety

Glimpses a somewhat gamey underworld without descending into a tabloid-style shocking expose.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The pleasure in watching this documentary is derived from its countless twists.

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Stuff

Stuff

Brave, occasionally disturbing, always thought-provoking and – still – hugely entertaining.

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Stuff

Stuff

There are moments when, from my cosy cinema seat, my heart thudded at least as heavily as Farrier's and Reeve's must have while filming...

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Unexpectedly compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Compelling journalism exposes a ticklish and tortuous world.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Captivating and jaw-dropping...

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Collider

Collider

Works as a terrific bit of investigative filmmaking — Errol Morris filtered through ‘Too Many Cooks’ — as Farrier and Reeve make their way through the byzantine web.

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