“I’ve come across a lot of strange things and interesting people in my years as a pop culture reporter, but nothing had prepared me for what I encountered during the making of Tickled.” – co-director David Farrier
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: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and 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 and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.
An investigating documentary that plays out like an edge-of-your-seat mystery-thriller, Tickled is the kind of anxiety-inducing cinematic experience that has to be seen to be believed. The less you know going in, the more jaw-dropping the experience. The trailer below does a good job of getting your pulse pounding without giving too much away.