‘Tickled’ Doc Subjects Confront Creator at Premiere, Accuse Him of Lying

Tickled Documentary
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Two of the subjects of the documentary “Tickled” aren’t laughing.

During the film’s Los Angeles premiere Friday night, David D’Amato and Kevin Clarke accused the co-director Dylan Reeve of using recorded material that they had not agreed to.

Magnolia Pictures released video footage of the altercation on its Facebook page. In one video, D’Amato and Clarke question Reeve inside the Nuart Theatre, during the Q&A portion of the premiere. In another, they stand outside the theater surrounded by a group of people holding up cameras to capture the argument.

“The point is if you promise that something is off the record, it should be off the record,” Clarke tells Reeve during the Q&A.

The documentary itself is also, as Variety critic Dennis Harvey wrote, “no laughing matter.” Its catchy hook — a journalist investigates an online tickling-video ring — ends up resembling more of a psychological thriller as he uncovers a world of conspiracy and ruined lives, run by an operation disguised by anonymity.

David Farrier, the film’s other director who is also the journalist at the center of the documentary, was not at the Los Angeles premiere, but posted a transcript of the live stream on his Facebook page.

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  2. This film and these events are unbelievable. I saw it this morning at this same venue. I’m so proud to live in this country. Hell yes to HBO and The Vista and Magnolia and the filmmakers. Don’t cower to bullies!

  3. Matt R. Lohr says:

    I have not yet seen “Tickled,” but this clip makes me think of a definition of pornography that Bill Hicks once mentioned in his act, that the Supreme Court once described pornography as any piece of media with no artistic merit that causes sexual thoughts. Does that sound like these tickling videos to people who have seen them?

    • SMS says:

      You need to see the movie. It’s not about the tickling videos, that’s just the doorway into a larger and surprising mystery. The guys who showed up at the premiere are upset at how they are portrayed in the film. I saw the film and I think they were handled fairly. Did not at all feel “produced” or manipulated in the edit bay. Just read the transcript from David Farrier’s Facebook page and it sounds exactly like who we meet in the film.

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