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Tickled (2016)

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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrier ... Self
Dylan Reeve Dylan Reeve ... Self
David Starr ... Self (as Dave Starr)
Kevin Clarke Kevin Clarke ... Self
Adam Adam ... Self
T.J. Gretzner T.J. Gretzner ... Self - Former Tickle Competitor (as TJ)
Richard Ivey Richard Ivey ... Self - Tickle Fetishist
Marko Realmonte Marko Realmonte ... Self
Anne James Anne James ... Self - Radio Host: KSEN, K96 (voice) (archive footage)
Alden Alden ... Self - Former Tickle Video Performer
Hal Karp Hal Karp ... Self - Journalist 1992-2007
Debbie Scoblionkov Debbie Scoblionkov ... Self - Journalist 1981-2006
Jordan Schillaci Jordan Schillaci ... Self
Lance Roberts Lance Roberts ... Self (voice)
David D'Amato David D'Amato ... Self - aka Terri Tickle aka Terri DiSisto aka Jane O'Brien aka Jane J. O'Brien aka Debbie Kuhn


David Farrier, a New Zealand pop cultural reporter whose story subjects often verge into the bizarre, believes he's found his next story when he stumbles across an online video on the world of competitive endurance tickling, a sport where the participants, with hands and feet tied down, are tickled for as long as they can endure. Participants are flown to Los Angeles first class, paid $1,500, and put up for four nights in a luxury hotel. Suitable participants are deemed to be younger, muscular males. The event is held on a monthly basis. In contacting the organizers, US-based Jane O'Brien Media, via their popular Facebook page to arrange for an interview, David receives a return message from one of their representatives, Debbie J. Kuhn, declining the offer, the message a homophobic rant largely against David. In that message, Debbie asserts that the competition is wholly a heterosexual athletic activity, she who does not appreciate what will be David's assumed gay bent on the story as... Written by Huggo

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It's not what you think

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David Farrier: I started this journey curious about a bizarre sport called Competitive Endurance Tickling. But I now think this was never even about tickling... This is about power, control and harassment. It's about one person's twistedness, and how far that can go. One person, who has managed to shelter himself with money to keep his obsession going. But now, it's his life exposed. For once, it's him on camera.
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Best thriller I have ever seen
15 January 2017 | by nickyeskensSee all my reviews

And it isn't even a thriller. The tenseness I felt watching this movie is something I never felt before. This movie is a prime example of true investigative journalism, starting with something seemingly innocent and it ending up being one of the most disturbing things I have heard about. I believe this movie is a must see, even for people who do not like documentaries. Because this story could have easily been fictional.

David does a great job letting you see this movie trough his eyes and trough they eyes of the people affected by it, I can only imagine the dread and fear he and they felt making this documentary. I liked that David left in his struggles while making this movie, even though the movie sometimes slowed down because of it, and that's my only critique. I have great respect for the fearlessness David and Dylan had making this movie, and for the people they managed to interview.

Tickled is a crazy adventure about something I didn't know I wanted to know about. Its frightening, Interesting and sometimes a little silly. The title might seem funny, but believe me this movie is no joke.

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17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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$21,898, 19 June 2016

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