Imagine it's 2014 and you're a well-known, bisexual New Zealand journalist randomly stumbling upon an international casting call for "male athletic fitness models (aged 18-25)" to perform in all-expense paid "situations in which attractive, ticklish, and masculine guys are actually tickled in two different restrained formats."
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After a series of red flags immediately explode in your brain like the warning beacons of Gondor, you inquire to this agency and in return are bafflingly attacked for your sexual orientation:
And yet this is just the beginning or weirdness for David Farrier -- the journalist behind the Sundance-debuting documentary Tickled. In the last two years, David's probe into what seemed like a lighthearted story about tickling almost immediately became a battle against lawsuits and online harassment, all of which is centered on a con man who once impersonated a woman online to watch young men tickle each other before threatening them if they ever spoke out. The resulting documentary is filled with internet digging and seedy locations and looks more like a 1990s snuff thriller than a comedic slice-of-life.
Magnolia PicturesA secret back-alley meeting is somehow one of the less shady things happening.
Also, it has tickling. Lots of surprisingly sinister tickling.
No, really -- none of this is a joke. Go Google the phrase "competitive endurance tickling" and you'll actually find videos of young men straddling each other on slummy hotel beds. I'd link them here, but I literally just told you that these people were coerced into making the videos. In fact, fucking don't even Google it, you sick monster. Not only will you be watching one crazy rich guy's spank bank, you will instantly feel dirty upon discovering that the video titles are plastered with the real names of the hapless people in them. This is real fucking life, for some unimaginable reason.
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The actual documentary looks to be such Woodward-and-Bernstein-level shit that only two of the victims were actually willing to speak on camera, while the rest feared online harassment if they came forward. Luckily, you won't have to scramble to your indie theater to see this film, because the heroes over at HBO have purchased the U.S. television rights for a June release in an apparent effort to one-up The Jinx. Something tells me they're on the right track.
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