Ever heard of competitive endurance tickling? Neither had David Farrier, a TV reporter from New Zealand who launched an investigation into a bizarre series of videos he came across online — at his own peril, as it turns out. “Tickled” is the result, and it’s genuinely too strange to summarize. For now, watch the documentary’s trailer ahead of its release next month.
The trailer first introduces us to Farrier’s (off)beat, which consists of anything out-there and unusual he can find. CET piqued his interest immediately, leading him to reach out to the company responsible; the extremely negative, vitriolic response he received only made him more compelled to find out who was behind this and what their angle was. Farrier was met with threats of legal action before he and co-director Dylan Reeve even planned to make a film about this odd online rabbit hole.
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“Tickled” was one of the most buzzed-about titles at Sundance this year. Magnolia Pictures will release the film, which is truly stranger than fiction, on June 17.