Doco Trailer: “Tickled”

What starts out sounding silly takes a sinister turn in “Tickled,” a new documentary about New Zealand journalist David Farrier’s investigations into the world of competitive endurance tickling.

The doco, co-created with Dylan Reeve, shows how Farrier’s knack for oddball stories saw him looking into a website in which men are offered plane tickets and money to participate in on-camera tickling contests.

Threatened with legal action if he digs any deeper into what looks like niche porn, he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast network that harasses and harms the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films to expose the cyberbullying and criminal activity taking place. The film opens in limited release June 17th.