Tickled

Synopsis: David Farrier, a New Zealand pop cultural reporter whose story subjects often verge into the bizarre, believes he's found his next story when he stumbles across an online video on the world of competitive endurance tickling, a sport where the participants, with hands and feet tied down, are tickled for as long as they can endure. Participants are flown to Los Angeles first class, paid $1,500, and put up for four nights in a luxury hotel. Suitable participants are deemed to be younger, muscular males. The event is held on a monthly basis. In contacting the organizers, US-based Jane O'Brien Media, via their popular Facebook to arrange for an interview, David receives a return message from one of their representatives, Debbie J. Kuhn, declining the offer, the message a homophobic rant largely against David. In that message, Debbie asserts that the competition is wholly a heterosexual athletic activity, she who does not appreciate what will be David's assumed gay bent on the story as a hom
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  16 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
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Year:
2016
92 min
$612,816
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Hilary Barry:
It's been a

harrowing week in the news,

so now it's something much

lighter and more fun.

It's time for New Zealand's

favorite pop culture reporter,

David farrier.

David:
What do you make

of New Zealanders so far?

Me? Uh, I think that they're...

They've been nice.

Everyone has been cool so far.

David:
What's the main thing

you're trying to achieve here?

Because obviously

you've created a bit of a--

survival.

He's dead.

- Now we're gonna spin around.

- Yeah.

Whoa! Holy!

It's so tiring. Whoa!

David:
And what's your nickname

that you've got now?

The donkey lady.

Lady:
Look out!

Oh, look, we're going

- to have a reporter kicked.

It's quite a kick.

David:
I can't say I've ever

interviewed anyone

that looks

exactly like you before.

Really?

David:
I've made a career out of

looking at the weird

- and bizarre side of life.

So when I discovered a strange

video online,

I knew I'd found

my next story.

Man:

It's good. It's good.

David:
An American company

called Jane o'brien media

was running a monthly event.

Young athletes from anywhere

on the planet could apply.

If selected they got

free flights to la,

four nights in a really

nice hotel and $1500 cash.

It was called competitive

endurance tickling.

Man:
You're with the cet,

a competitive endurance tickling

group we got here.

And, uh, first of all I'd like

to give a shout to you,

Jane o'brien media,

for making this happen.

- Thanks, Jane.

- We all appreciate it.

F*ck off!

Guys! Oh, my god!

David:
Their Facebook page

was popular,

with thousands of likes.

And with everyone in

Adidas gear,

it seemed to be some

kind of tickling league.

David:
It was one of

the strangest sports I'd seen.

Man:
No!

David:
So, of course,

I told Jane o'brien media

I'd like to do an interview.

Instead of getting a

yes or no, I got this.

Woman:
"To be brutally frank,

association with a

homosexual journalist

is not something

we will embrace.

We desperately do not want

a homosexual participant base

applying for this project.

My concern is that your

journalistic style, fan base,

and reputation

in your own country.

Regards, Debbie kuhn,

Jane o'brien media."

David:

It was a strange response,

especially considering the

sport did seem slightly...

Gay.

And over the coming weeks,

Debbie and Jane kept e-mailing.

Woman:
"The competitive

reality tickling

is a passionately

and exclusively heterosexual

athletic endurance activity.

We have recently read a googled

article about the knowledge

of your living with a

homosexual partner

becoming quite a stir

in New Zealand."

"The remainder of the globe

does not in all corners

share some of the more liberal

acceptance of your lifestyle."

"To me anything concerning

homosexuality

is at best

an objective disorder."

"Shame on you!"

"Little gay kiwis." "Faggot."

David:
It was hard to take

the insults seriously,

given what Jane was producing.

If anything, it made me

more curious than ever.

Woman:
Your call

has been forwarded

to the voicemail for

Jane o'brien media.

David:
With no one picking up

the phone,

I got my geeky friend Dylan

to do some digging

into this mysterious company

and this overly

aggressive woman.

Dylan:
So, I'm going to just

scroll up. So here we go.

So, it's janeobrienmedia.Com.

It's registered to nederdietsen.

David:
He discovered that while

Jane o'brien media

seemed to be

operated out of America,

it was owned by a company in

Germany called nederdietsen,

which owned nearly 300 domain

names all related to tickling.

This tickling wormhole was

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