Riverside Theatres will celebrate the wonderfully whacky and unashamedly weird, with the inaugural Weird & Wonderful Doco Series on Saturday 22 October. The program will include two stranger-than-fiction documentaries including A Brony Tale which explores men who like the cartoon My Little Pony and Tickled, a look into the surprisingly sinister world of competitive endurance tickling.
A Brony Tale
Screening at 4:30pm
A Brony Tale follows Canadian voice-over artist Ashleigh Ball as she ventures into the incredibly niche world of ‘Brony’ fandom. The voice of Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash on the fourth generation installment of Hasbro’s My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic series, Ball had no idea she was about to become an internet phenomenon and voice celebrity amongst a unique fan group known as ‘Bronies’ – a subculture of adult men who are fans of My Little Pony. When Ball wraps season three of the show, she receives an invite from the Brony community to attend the Brony Convention in New York City. Initially wary of accepting the invitation, Ball soon begins to learn that there is more to this community than meets the eye.
Screening at 7pm
While surfing the web, NZ journalist and TV personality David Farrier stumbles upon a competitive tickling competition online. The clip of young men squirming under a tickling onslaught is the kind of bizarre subculture Farrier’s TV column celebrates, so he contacts the event organiser for an interview. After his enquiries are met with a series of abusive messages and homophobic slurs, Farrier and his friend Dylan Reeve look further into this mysterious company; meeting participants who have found themselves subject to online harassment when they refuse to be tickled. The more they investigate, the stranger it gets.