Guests: David Farrier & Matt Zoller Seitz
Critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz spent 100 hours interviewing Oliver Stone for his new book “The Oliver Stone Experience” and he joins us this week to tell all. Then we speak to director David Farrier about his documentary that shocked at Sundance. Tickled dives into a mysterious tickling competition online and Farrier shares the deep resistance he faced when trying to document a story stranger than fiction.
Oliver Stone is one of great filmmakers of our time, tackling stories of power, injustice, American politics and conspiracy. The multiple Academy Award winner turns 70 in September, which coincides with the release of the book and his highly anticipated film Snowden about computer analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The book includes Stone’s childhood, the trauma of his experience in Vietnam, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his work as writer, producer and director including Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Any Given Sunday, just to name a few.
And then we look a story of power abuse, conspiracy and yes - tickling. Journalist David Farrier was working in New Zealand when he stumbled upon an online video of a sport he had never heard of “competitive endurance tickling”. He reached out to those producing the films for more information but what happened next shocked him.
With the threat of legal action if he investigated further, Farrier kept going and discovered a story stranger than fiction with secret identities, blackmail and bullying. The documentation of his investigation can be seen in the Sundance hit documentary Tickled which has now been bought by HBO and Magnolia pictures for distribution.
“The Oliver Stone Experience”, published by Abrams is out September 13, and Stones new movie Snowden premieres in September globally. Tickled is available now on demand in iTunes, SF Anytime in Sweden and you can check the website for more outlets in your region.
David Farrier has been a television journalist in New Zealand for more than a decade, often covering light entertainment and ‘quirky’ news. It was in this way that he came across the weird world of Competitive Endurance Tickling. Tickled is David’s directorial début, and first feature film.
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine & Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Seitz is the author of many great books on film, for example, ‘The Wes Anderson Collection’, ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and ‘Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion’