TICKLED is a documentary uniquely designed to subvert the expectations of its viewers. It begins with a lighthearted, almost whimsical premise – David Farrier, an entertainment journalist in New Zealand, stumbles across videos online that showcase “competitive endurance tickling”. It seems almost too bizarre to be real, and so Farrier decides to write a story on the “sport”. But when his request for an interview with a representative from Jane O’Brien Media (the source of the tickling videos) is declined, and the response is filled with legal threats and homophobic slurs, Farrier discovers that he has stumbled upon something much more sinister – a faceless organization that preys on young men through threats, blackmail, and coercion.

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