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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 ... Himself
Dylan Reeve Dylan Reeve ... Himself
David Starr ... Himself (as Dave Starr)
Kevin Clarke Kevin Clarke ... Himself
Adam Adam ... Himself
T.J. Gretzner T.J. Gretzner ... Himself - Former Tickle Competitor (as TJ)
Richard Ivey Richard Ivey ... Himself - Tickle Fetishist
Marko Realmonte Marko Realmonte ... Himself
Anne James Anne James ... Herself - Radio Host: KSEN, K96 (voice) (archive footage)
Alden Alden ... Himself - Former Tickle Video Performer
Hal Karp Hal Karp ... Himself - Journalist 1992-2007
Debbie Scoblionkov Debbie Scoblionkov ... Herself - Journalist 1981-2006
Jordan Schillaci Jordan Schillaci ... Himself
Lance Roberts Lance Roberts ... Himself (voice)
David D'Amato David D'Amato ... Himself - aka Terri Tickle aka Terri DiSisto aka Jane O'Brien aka Jane J. O'Brien aka Debbie Kuhn
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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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New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csiklandozás életre-halálra See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,898, 19 June 2016

Gross USA:

$613,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,519
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The executive producer, the producer, the two directors, and one of the actors... all five were sued in US Federal District Court in an effort to stop the film from being shown. Source: Courthouse News ("Tickled Film") See more »

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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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Insightful (and educational) look, at how much those with a lot of money (and power) can get away with!
28 July 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TICKLED': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Critically acclaimed documentary flick; about an online tickling competition, involving young athletes tickling each other. The film was directed by first time feature filmmakers David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Farrier is a New Zealand entertainment journalist, who also stars in the movie. He met a lot of harsh resistance, while investigating the film's story, from a producer of the 'tickling endurance sport' (named Jane O'Brien). The struggles Farrier and Reeve had making the film, becomes as much apart of the story as the tickling itself. The movie has received mostly rave reviews from critics, and it's become a small indie hit (at the Box Office). I think the film is really well made, and extremely intriguing.

The movie begins with a montage of clips, from Farrier's other obscure entertainment stories. Then we see him come across an 'endurance tickling' video. He's intrigued by it, and he then decides to write the producers of the video (Jane O'Brien Media) about doing a story on the sport. He gets a very negative reply, from the corporation, which accuses him of wanting to put a 'gay slant' on the videos (as they insist the 'endurance competition' is exclusively heterosexual). Farrier, and his friend Dylan Reeve, then decide to investigate the subject further; as they make a documentary about their journalistic journey.

The movie is a very insightful (and educational) look, at how much those with a lot of money (and power) can get away with. It's involving, and always interesting; and at times it seems more like a legal thriller, than a film about an odd fetish. The material is disturbing, and often hard to watch, but it's also really well made. As far as documentaries go, this one is pretty fascinating (and informative).

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