Tweaking the goalposts, Sundance has added a few titles to the mix after announcing its programme was complete. Happily for NZ, David Farrier’s doco Tickled (fka The Tickle King) is among the latecomers.
Named in the World Doco competition line-up, Tickled, Farrier’s film explores the bizarre world of Competitive Endurance Tickling.
Despite fierce resistance and accusations of mounting “a homosexual jihad”, Farrier’s doco won last year’s Pitch award at Doc Edge’s Screen Edge Forum and raised close to $30,000 via a Kickstarter campaign to fund travel to the US.
“Out of the all the stories I’ve done it is by far the biggest – and definitely the strangest,” said Farrier.
Tickled has already drawn attention internationally, including from Stephen Fry.
“When I first heard about Tickled I was intrigued by the idea of tickling being, perhaps, a competitive sport,” said Fry. “But then to discover that the film is about something much more. It’s a suspense movie – and quite heart-in-mouth.”
Tickled is produced by Carthew Neal, who’ll do double duty in Utah. Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which Neal also produced, was announced earlier among the titles having their world premiere at Sundance.
The film was financed by the NZFC and MPI Media Group (who also supported Deathgasm as part of the Make My Movie competition. Vendetta has ANZ rights.