in about 100 words or less
NZ 92m, Colour
Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve; Cast: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Richard Ivey, Dylan Reeve, David D’Amato
Tickled is a captivating documentary that begins with a reporter’s attempt to interview those behind an internet-based company that produces “competitive endurance tickling” videos. Taking surprising turns, Tickled reveals a dark story of one man’s 30 year obsession with athletic young men who are lured into performing for money and gifts, only to become harassed and exploited when they no longer want to be involved with the “sport”. Ultimately, this is a revealing expose of David D’Amato’s psychological issues and his desire to exert control over the lives of the young men who he ensnared (Klaus Ming June 2017).