Tickled

Tickled

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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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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

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.

4.0
0

Dogged investigative journalism stumbles from the innocuously weird to the bizarrely dangerous.

Whether it is drama, comedy or documentary, New Zealand filmmakers punch above their weight. The documentary Tickled (2016) is one of the most unusual films you will see for a long time and a guaranteed conversation starter in the right company. While the film's title suggests comedic titillation, what it reveals is something sinister that has wrecked many...

4.0
0

Must see

You've got to see this doco to believe it. I would say the less you know going into it, the better. Very entertaining. Must see!

4.0
0

The Good Kind of Disturbing

Finally got around to seeing David Farriers 'Tickled' and boy was it worth it. Firstly the run time 92 minutes, the perfect doco length - short, sharp and to the point. Hallelujah. A lot of documentaries I have recently seen have not had enough footage and were very repetitive to start with I thought this might be the case with Tickled but it was...

4.0
0

Is it a doco or a spoof?

A rather disturbing doco on competitive tickling, with some disturbing characters to boot. Even the funny is funny in a disturbing way. The ticklers and ticklees are predominantly hunky guys, which is also disturbing. What, there's no market watching padded people get tickled. Overall funny and intriguing, not knowing where it was going or how it was...

4.0
0

Tickles your funny bone and your imagination :)

If you’ve never heard of competitive tickling, don’t worry you’re not alone, neither had New Zealand journalist David Farrier, until he stumbled on an online story. Much like British documentarian, Louis Theroux, Farrier’s faux naivety, general likability and gob-smacked curiosity propel him on a journey into the strange and surprisingly dark world of...

4.0
0

A Totally Enjoyable Movie

This is a movie you just can't stop watching. I still don't believe it is real but this is a documentary so it must be real.

4.0
0

Horrifying and Hilarious

You couldn't help but laugh when watching this engrossing documentary by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, but at the same time feel rather uncomfortable and disturbed by just how deep the rabbit hole went. What started as a fluff piece of journalism turned into a creepy story of harassment, blackmail and bullying. Well worth the watch - don't miss it!

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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...

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Unexpectedly compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.

0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Compelling journalism exposes a ticklish and tortuous world.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Captivating and jaw-dropping...

0
Collider

Collider

press

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.

0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

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.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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...

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Unexpectedly compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.

0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Compelling journalism exposes a ticklish and tortuous world.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Captivating and jaw-dropping...

0
Collider

Collider

press

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.

0

Dogged investigative journalism stumbles from the innocuously weird to the bizarrely dangerous.

Whether it is drama, comedy or documentary, New Zealand filmmakers punch above their weight. The documentary Tickled (2016) is one of the most unusual films you will see for a long time and a guaranteed conversation starter in the right company. While the film's title suggests comedic titillation, what it reveals is something sinister that has wrecked...

4.0
0

Must see

You've got to see this doco to believe it. I would say the less you know going into it, the better. Very entertaining. Must see!

4.0
0

The Good Kind of Disturbing

Finally got around to seeing David Farriers 'Tickled' and boy was it worth it. Firstly the run time 92 minutes, the perfect doco length - short, sharp and to the point. Hallelujah. A lot of documentaries I have recently seen have not had enough footage and were very repetitive to start with I thought this might be the case with Tickled but it was...

4.0
0

Is it a doco or a spoof?

A rather disturbing doco on competitive tickling, with some disturbing characters to boot. Even the funny is funny in a disturbing way. The ticklers and ticklees are predominantly hunky guys, which is also disturbing. What, there's no market watching padded people get tickled. Overall funny and intriguing, not knowing where it was going or how it was...

4.0
0

Tickles your funny bone and your imagination :)

If you’ve never heard of competitive tickling, don’t worry you’re not alone, neither had New Zealand journalist David Farrier, until he stumbled on an online story. Much like British documentarian, Louis Theroux, Farrier’s faux naivety, general likability and gob-smacked curiosity propel him on a journey into the strange and surprisingly dark world of...

4.0
0

A Totally Enjoyable Movie

This is a movie you just can't stop watching. I still don't believe it is real but this is a documentary so it must be real.

4.0
0

Horrifying and Hilarious

You couldn't help but laugh when watching this engrossing documentary by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, but at the same time feel rather uncomfortable and disturbed by just how deep the rabbit hole went. What started as a fluff piece of journalism turned into a creepy story of harassment, blackmail and bullying. Well worth the watch - don't miss it!

5.0
0