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TICKLED

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Competitive endurance tickling. Underage tickling. Tickling recruitment. Tickling videos. Online. Tickling empires. Legal threats. Reputation attacks. Who knew? Well, thousands of people, evidently, all over the US. And Australia, New Zealand. Money, lots of it. And all uncovered by gay New Zealand pop culture journalist David Farrier. I mention he's gay because that factor played a role in the abrasive and threatening response he got to his first innocent enquiry about a tickling website. That's how it started, spurring him on, recruiting his techy friend Dylan Reeve to help.

Eventually, Farrier discovers the identity of one of the key players behind the tickling network: the elusive and threatening David D'Amato, son of the founder of a major New York law firm. He and Dylan finally track him down.

It starts as a curiosity show and ends as a thriller.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TICKLED (MA15+)
(NZ, 2016)

CAST: Documentary featuring David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Hal Karp

PRODUCER: Carthew Neal

DIRECTOR: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dominic Fryer

EDITOR: Simon Coldrick

MUSIC: Rodi Kirkcaldy, Florian Zwietnig

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Vendetta Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 18, 2016







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