Tickled sounds like a comedy, but the film traces a path from quirky to the stuff of fear, mystery and intimidation. The documentary began when then TV3 reporter David Farrier saw a cash offer for athletes to fly to Los Angeles for 'Competitive Endurance Tickling'. Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve headed to the United States, and found ticklers scared to go on camera — and threats from those behind the scenes. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Tickled quickly won rave reviews and sales; Vogue and The Hollywood Reporter named it one of 2016's ten best documentaries.
Captivating and jaw-dropping … Farrier’s dry Kiwi humour infuses the proceedings with a relaxed energy that somehow makes the underlying tension all the more effective.– Sheri Linden in a Hollywood Reporter review, 24 January 2016
Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand
World premiere on 24 January 2016 at Park City Utah's Yarrow Theater, as part of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
New Zealand premiere on 3 April 2016, at Auckland's Civic Theatre. New Zealand release on 26 May 2016