‘Tickled’: the movie -Documentary-maker, David Farrier talks about his latest project

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The Melbourne International Film Festival plays host to more than 100 films from local and international films about the dynamics of North Korea to exposés on scientology. By far one of the most unusual films this year is New Zealand journalist David Farrier’s documentary Tickled, which investigates the world of competitive endurance tickling. Farrier and his co-director Dylan Reeve decide to delve into the underworld of the tickling fetish after receiving legal threats and personal attacks from the hidden identities behind this odd subculture. Our reporter Christine Byllaardt sat down with the film’s director to discuss the challenges and the ethical dilemmas he faced during the making of this unique film, and how it is an example of the changing world of journalism.

The Melbourne International Film Festival plays host to more than 100 films from local and international films about the dynamics of North Korea to exposés on scientology. By far one of the most unusual films this year is New Zealand journalist David Farrier’s documentary Tickled, which investigates the world of competitive endurance tickling. Farrier and his co-director Dylan Reeve decide to delve into the underworld of the tickling fetish after receiving legal threats and personal attacks from the hidden identities behind this odd subculture. Our reporter Christine Byllaardt sat down with the film’s director to discuss the challenges and the ethical dilemmas he faced during the making of this unique film, and how it is an example of the changing world of journalism.

Tickled will be released in Australia on August 18.