After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.
Directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Produced by Fumes’ Carthew Neal. More info at tickledmovie.com
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016, and released by Magnolia in US, Studio Canal in UK, Vendetta by NZ and Australia. Rest of World sales by Magnolia. HBO have a US license.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is written and directed by Taika Waititi, the film starts Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. It is produced by Fumes’ Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Taika Waititi and Matt Noonan.
Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016, The Orchard are releasing theatrically in North America, Madman and Piki in NZ, Madman in Australia, Vertigo in UK, Synergy in France and Sony for rest of the world. Sales by Protagonist Pictures.
Piki brings together New Zealand’s funniest storytellers, responsible for the country’s highest grossing films: Taika Waititi, Oscar Kightley, Madeleine Sami, Victor Rodger and Jessica Hansell.
‘Piki’ means to jump up in Maori but it also means to lift up, climb over and this speaks to the slate of films in development – they are entertaining, positive, up-lifting and comic.
Piki is led by Executive Producer Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows, Boy, Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark) and Carthew Neal (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tickled, Super City).
See www.pikifilms.com for more information.