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.


David Farrier

David Farrier


David has been a television journalist in New Zealand for more than a decade, often covering light entertainment and ‘quirky’ news. It was in this way that he came across the weird world of Competitive Endurance Tickling. Tickled is David’s directorial début, and first feature film.

Dylan Reeve

Dylan Reeve


When he saw David’s interactions with Jane O’Brien Media on Facebook Dylan immediately knew something wasn’t right. From that point on he was irresistibly attracted to the increasingly strange story. Tickled is Dylan’s feature film début.

Carthew Neal


As an experienced producer of film and television Carthew brought a new sense of structure and style to the film, helping elevate it from it’s simple beginnings to a truly cinematic documentary.

Dominic Fryer


With a keen eye and a passion for telling stories, Dominic was instrumental in the visual aesthetic of the film. Knowing nothing of the background to start with, he was constantly amazed as the story unfolded in front of him.

Simon Coldrick


An award-winning editor of film and TV, Simon helped uncover a compelling narrative from amidst dozens of hours of fascinating footage.

The bizarre and ultimately shocking film... has become one of the stand-out documentaries at this year's Sundance festival

Aaron Millar

The Independent

Captivating and jaw-dropping

Sheri Linden

The Hollywood Reporter

An alarming cautionary tale

Dennis Harvey


Unexpectedly compelling, alternately painful and funny and deeply sad

Lee Marshall

The single best film at Sundance 2016 may have been Tickled

Scott Renshaw

City Weekly


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