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TICKLED

New Zealand, 2016 (MIFF 2016, Documentaries)

Director: David Farrier,Dylan Reeve

"Weird, funny, mysterious and controversial ... the further it digs the more surprising and strange it gets." – Film School Rejects

It seemed like an innocent investigation at first: journalist David Farrier had accidentally come across the world of "competitive endurance tickling", in which a company offers all-expense paid trips to Los Angeles for men who are willing to be filmed being tickled. But as soon as Farrier began to look into this strange world, he began receiving bizarre and intimidating responses and even legal threats (which are still ongoing, with Farrier being served legal papers following the film's screening at the True/False Film Festival)! This only prompts Farrier to dig deeper, and as he discovers an underworld of hidden identities and mysterious activity, one question persists: who is really behind it all?

A mystery that begins as a curiosity turns into a full-blown investigation as co-directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve navigate an extraordinary series of twists and turns to uncover the revelations at the heart of this peculiar subculture. Executive produced by Stephen Fry, Tickled is both a gripping cautionary tale and a top-notch piece of investigative journalism.

"A surprisingly tense and increasingly weird detective story ... unexpectedly compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad." – Screen Daily

John Safran will host a Q&A with David Farrier and Dylan Reeve at the session on 31 July.


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