Tickled is a new documentary by David Farrier (Short Poppies, Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws) about his strange journey to find the person behind a series of online “competitive endurance tickling” videos. What begins as a simple story takes a series of dark twists as Farrier gets closer to the truth.
The film will be released in theaters on June 17, 2016.
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.