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.
News broke overnight that David D'Amato, the antagonist of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's Tickled documentary, has died. The film-makers have issued a plea for respect over his passing
David Farrier, director of docu-thriller Tickled, stumbles into another deeply disturbing instance of vulnerable people being exploited online – this time children, on YouTube.
The Los Angeles premiere of Tickled, a documentary about malicious goings-on in the world of "competitive endurance tickling," just had its most gonzo moment yet: having two of the subjects of the film drop in for the Q&A. Joshua Drummond was there, via Facebook, in Auckland.
An early participant in the saga that became Tickled, Joshua Drummond recounts the online comments, threats and shadow-boxing in the leadup to David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's acclaimed documentary.
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.