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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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A number of subjects from the film attended a screening and Q&A with co-director Dylan Reeve in Los Angeles. The very unusual Q&A was streamed live on Facebook and involved legal threats and warnings of potential criminal charges for the filmmakers by the film's subjects. See more »


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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Filmmakers were brave/RIP Jordan
23 September 2019 | by Tri-State_SkaterSee all my reviews

I had stumbled upon the videos myself. Years before the movie came out. Mostly the audition tapes. The guys were about my age. Specifically the ones with the MMA fighters. I did notice as the audition tapes came out Jordan Schillaci became less enthusiastic about the process. That wasn't anything that seemed like a red flag though. I thought it was acting. It seemed like a bunch of young adults having fun in their spare time. I was very upset to learn some peoples lives were ruined by the whole experience. It didn't seem like anything bad to me. Just some guys who were barely out of their childhood years enjoying tickle sessions. I saw it as childish fun, not anything sexual. I'm glad the filmmakers helped put a stop to David D'Amato and his harassment, when he was alive.

I know Jordan recanted some of his statements, but he seems terrified in those interviews with people from D'Amato's team. I recently found out Jordan died back in August (2019). I didn't know him, but it still broke my heart. His personality in the clips could pull people in, and his MMA fight clips are cool. RIP Jordan Schillaci.

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17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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