Directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve
Produced by Carthew Neal
Magnolia Pictures will release TICKLED in theaters June 17th
One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, TICKLED begins with reporter David Farrier stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, and reaching 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.
“You’re going to love it. What begins as a profile of a quirky subculture becomes an online mystery-horror thriller, in which the bogeyman is everywhere.”
– Logan Hill, Esquire
“CAPTIVATING AND JAW-DROPPING. A fascinating, stranger-than-fiction exposé.”
– Sheri Linden. The Hollywood Reporter
“A surprisingly tense and increasingly weird detective story. Compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad.”
– Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
“A must-see documentary. Tickled is not at all what it seems. A secret world full of villains and victims, power and deceit, and shocks and surprises—you just can’t make this stuff up.”
– Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Movies
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