Watch: Directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve on Tickled, Their Working Relationship and the Importance of Graphic Design
The documentary Tickled begins as a story about the bizarre world of competitive endurance tickling but evolves into an investigation of the ominous company behind videos in which young men tickle one another. Co-directors David Farrier (a New Zealand TV journalist) and Dylan Reeve have endured harassment and lawsuits in the process of digging into what seems to be an extended history of intimidation and coercion. Following substantial media coverage, the film is set to open in the United States on June 17 after premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
I talked to the duo about what it’s like to work with a co-director with different skill sets on a first feature, fundraising for the film, Wes Anderson’s influence and the purposeful graphic design work in the film.