First Trailer for Fantastically Weird Sundance Documentary 'Tickled'

May 9, 2016
Source: Apple

Tickled Trailer

"We could hear laughter coming out of the vents…" Magnolia Pictures has debuted a trailer for the weird, fantastic, crazy documentary Tickled, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Made in New Zealand, the doc follows a journalist named David Farrier as he investigates the people behind "competitive endurance tickling" videos posted online. He ends up in a "wormhole" of madness when he is threatened in every way possible by the entity that is supposedly behind everything. It received rave reviews at the fest, and this trailer has some great quotes in it. I wrote in my Sundance review: "Every new discovery is more insane than the last, and watching it unfold this way was both terrifying and exhilarating." Dive in.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for David Farrier & Dylan Reeve's doc Tickled, in high def on Apple:

Tickled Poster

After stumbling upon a bizarre "competitive endurance tickling" video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing an harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole. Co-directed by David Farrier & Dylan Reeve out of New Zealand. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia will release Tickled in theaters on June 17th.

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Mad people. Will probably watch it.

Carpola on May 9, 2016


Heck yeah I'll watch this! This looks like a weird mix in the vein of Catfish, which was a really great documentary, but then got turned into the "flavor of the week" MTV "reality" show. Damn shame.

RAW_D on May 9, 2016


It's one of those, if you can think of it, someone has already sexualised it and is making money from it. Proper psycho stuff. 🙂

Carpola on May 9, 2016


And blackmail! Don't forget the blackmail!

RAW_D on May 9, 2016


What did I just see ?

tarek on May 9, 2016


Great trailer, definitely peaked my interest.

cuckoozey on May 10, 2016


David D'Amato (the guy behind all the tickling videos) has been around doing this for the last 16+ years, you can find articles dating back to 2009, 2007, 2001, etc. on his antics and legal issues as a result of them.

Rick Don on May 10, 2016


I understand the territory but just can't be sure would I like to step in ... I mean, it could be laughable or strange...

shiboleth on May 10, 2016


This might be the biggest First World Problem of all.

DAVIDPD on May 10, 2016


What the..... wait.... what the?????

EmagSamurai on May 12, 2016

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