I don't know many people who hear the words "Competitive Endurance Tickling" and aren't instantly intrigued. There are tickling competitions? And there is a documentary about it? Awesome.
But it's not the tickling competitions that are the most bizarre element to the feature documentary Tickled, it's the world they uncover behind the world.
So you can only imagine my disappointment when I missed out on tickets to Tickled at the Sydney Film Festival because it sold out so quickly. Thus, when tickets were released for Melbourne International Film Festival I got in quick!
Finally, this afternoon I got to see the film that has been causing so much buzz among so many friends in the doco world - and I was not disappointed.
I don't want to give too much away, because part of the enjoyment is going down a deep rabbit hole, but if you loved the filmmaker's chase to uncover the truth in films like The Cove, the podcast Serial or the reveal of fishy characters in Catfish, The Jinx or Making a Murderer, then this documentary is definitely going to grab your attention and hold it super tight for its 90+ minutes.
You are right there with the directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve as they make it their mission to learn about the competitions they first stumbled across on a web site advertising for participants - and discover something far more bizarre.
A must-watch. Favourite doc of the year.