David Farrier

David Farrier is a journalist from Auckland who reports for the news. He recently made a comedy with Rhys Darby called Short Poppies. He’s currently making a documentary about Competitive Endurance Tickling.

Media
Aug 5, 2018

Peasville: the bizarre story of one man's obsession with anthropomorphic peas

David Farrier delves into the 30-year-old mystery of Richard A Kontos, a man with a dream of a better world. A man obsessed with anthropomorphic peas and the tiny town of Peasville.

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Media
May 13, 2017

Welcome to the violent, viral world of Cold Steel Swords

On YouTube, every conceivable interest is catered to – including the brutal power of top quality, highly engineered swords. David Farrier talks to Lynn Thompson, founder of viral video makers Cold Steel Swords.

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Music
Apr 22, 2017

Who is Fazerdaze? A year with NZ's next indie darling

The international music community is beginning to take notice of Amelia Murray, who has been releasing music as Fazerdaze since 2014. After seeing her play in April last year, David Farrier followed Amelia Murray over the following year as she completed her album, Morningside, and prepared her band to take on the world.

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Television
Apr 21, 2017

It never stops: David Farrier descends back down the Tickled rabbit hole

David Farrier was sucked into a tickling vortex back in 2014, and spent the next few years immersed in the world of Competitive Endurance Tickling. Throughout 2016 he took the resulting film, Tickled, to festivals around the world and followed it up with The Tickle King on HBO last month. After three years he was ready to move on. But the internet had other ideas.

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Television
Feb 15, 2017

Documentary makers David Farrier and Reggie Yates meet in a hotel and eat breakfast

Tickled director David Farrier talks to Reggie Yates, TV host turned documentary extraordinaire, over breakfast in LA.

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Society
Jan 23, 2017

David Miscavige’s Auckland Scientology HQ launch speech: as interpreted by David Farrier

At the jaw-dropping opening of the New Zealand Church of Scientology on Saturday, David Miscavige spoke directly to the crowd. Here, top NZ Scientologist David Farrier attempts to explain what Miscavige is on about.

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Music
Jan 2, 2017

Summer reissue: The story behind that amazing Rihanna death metal logo

A Rihanna logo inspired by death metal bands featured prominently at the VMAs this year. David Farrier followed some rabbit holes to locate the designer behind the whole thing.

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Society
Nov 21, 2016

‘Hello, my name is Ally’ – how children are being exploited by YouTube predators

David Farrier, director of docu-thriller Tickled, stumbles into another deeply disturbing instance of vulnerable people being exploited online – this time children, on YouTube.

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Music
Nov 11, 2016

‘Drum n’ bass is the metal of dance music’: Shapeshifter discuss the metal albums that made them

New Zealand's biggest drum n' bass band tell fellow metalhead David Farrier about their favourite Slayer and Pantera albums, and how playing with Tool inspired their heavier new direction.

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Media
Sep 7, 2016

The story behind that amazing Rihanna death metal logo

A Rihanna logo inspired by death metal bands featured prominently at the VMAs this year. David Farrier talked to the designer behind the whole thing.

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Television
Sep 6, 2016

Kumail Nanjiani on delving deep into The X-Files Files

David Farrier chats to Kumail Nanjiani about going from hosting an X-Files podcast to being on the show itself.

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Society
Sep 5, 2016

The incredibly weird tale behind the Bashford Antiques clamping story

The owners of Bashford Antiques are in the news for aggressively clamping cars outside their Ponsonby store. But this story is much, much stranger than a simple parking dispute. David Farrier reports.

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Television
Aug 23, 2016

‘Did you do this just to annoy me?’ – How Rhys Darby hijacked David Farrier’s X-Files dreams

After bonding over their shared love of The X-Files and cryptids, David Farrier speaks to pal Rhys Darby about how he ended up on Farrier's favourite show.

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Media
Feb 24, 2016

“He stood up for news” – David Farrier salutes departing 3 News head Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings lead 3 News for over a quarter of a century. Today it was announced he is stepping down. David Farrier pays tribute to his old boss.

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Television
Feb 19, 2016

“I felt ripped off” – David Farrier on the tumultuous tenth season of The X-Files

The X Files is known for both its brilliance and dreadful inconsistency, but did the latest episode drop the ball completely? David Farrier laments what has happened to his favourite show.

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Media
Feb 12, 2016

The extreme highs and lows of premiering your debut film at Sundance

Tickled documentary maker David Farrier pieces together his dreamlike memories of a week at one of the world's most intense (and high-altitude) film festivals.

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Television
Apr 11, 2015

Exclusive: Paul Henry has a Secret Feature Film debuting in Florida.

Paul Henry, New Zealand's most entertainingly obnoxious talk show host, is starring in a film about to premiere in America. Tomorrow. Seriously. David Farrier brings us this exclusive report and interview.

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Television
Jan 12, 2015

Music Monday: Everyone’s Waiting… For The Perfect Finale Song

David Farrier tearfully recalls the Six Feet Under finale, and makes the case for Sia's 'Breathe Me' as the most perfectly deployed piece of music to ever close out a show. At some point while …

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Television
Dec 19, 2014

2014 in Review: Farrier on ‘Real Talk’

David Farrier explains how our stuff.co.nz smash hit Real Talk series came about. If you've missed the magic, the complete videos are embedded at the end of this post. If you …

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Television
Dec 12, 2014

Street Week: The Complete Real Talk

Throughout 'Street Week', our tribute to the wonder that is Shortland Street, we've been running 'Real Talk', a series of very strange interviews with Ferndalers Ben Mitchell and Cam Jones, conducted by David …

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Television
Dec 12, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #8 ‘Outtakes’

‘Real Talk’ is a series of interviews conducted exclusively for The Spinoff’s ‘Street Week’ by David Farrier with Shortland Street‘s Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. The eighth and final episode features outtakes from the …

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Television
Dec 11, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #7 ‘Conspiracy Theories’

‘Real Talk’ is a series of interviews conducted exclusively for The Spinoff’s ‘Street Week’ by David Farrier with Shortland Street‘s Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. The seventh episode has our guys weighing …

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Television
Dec 10, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #6 ‘Cyclists’

‘Real Talk’ is a series of interviews conducted exclusively for The Spinoff’s ‘Street Week’ by David Farrier with Shortland Street‘s Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. Episode six has Jones (an environmentalist) and …

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Television
Dec 10, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #5 ‘Women’

‘Real Talk’ is a series of interviews conducted exclusively for The Spinoff's 'Street Week' by David Farrier with Shortland Street‘s Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. This fifth instalment features the dashing …

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Television
Dec 9, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #4 ‘The Internet’

‘Real Talk’ is a series of interviews conducted by David Farrier featuring Shortland Street‘s Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. They’ll give a hot take on a series of important contemporary issues. This …

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Television
Dec 9, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #3 ‘The Objectification of Men’

'Real Talk' is a series of interviews conducted by David Farrier featuring Shortland Street's Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell. They'll give the babe actor demographic's hot take on a series of …

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Television
Dec 8, 2014

Street Week: Real Talk with Dave, Cam and Ben – #2 ‘The Culture of Outrage’

In part two (here is part one) of David Farrier's 'Real Talk' interview series with Cam Jones and Ben Mitchell, Shortland Street's bench-pressing health warriors weigh in on the internet's 'culture of …

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