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Film review by Colin Fraser

KENNY

kenny
Follow Kenny - father, philosopher and main-man at Splashdown Port-a-Loos.  score

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Cast
Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Eve von Bibra

Director
Clayton Jacobson

Screenwriter
Clayton
Jacobson

Country
Australia

Rating / Running Time
M / 99 minutes

Australian Release
August 2006

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Kenny’s an all round Aussie bloke. Armed with a big heart and a bigger toilet brush, he’s the saviour of festival goers across Victoria. Splashdown’s main-man, Kenny installs porta-loos at music gigs, church fairs, race meets; wherever a ‘poo-ticket’ is required, Kenny’s on the job. Jacobsen’s documentary follows him from Melbourne to the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville, all the while juggling individuals, emergencies and excrement.

Kenny is the kind of guy his son’s friends avoid. Kids love to ride on a fire-engine, no one wants to ride on a toilet-truck, even if there is a 5:1 ratio of water to solid. It doesn’t bother Kenny, he’s proud of his work, but it does bother his cantankerous father – “plumber be buggered, you’re nothing more than a turd burglar” – and his ex-wife who drops their son at the most inconvenient times. Melbourne Cup Day is one, forcing Kenny to seconder him into some bathroom action. The results are uniquely hilarious.

If Kenny sounds a bit like The Castle, it should. Kenny’s flight to Nashville pays subtle homage to Tracy Kerrigan’s Bali holiday as he bumps into overhead lockers for the first time. Likewise his goofy encounter with a Qantas steward and Japanese businessmen at the expo - aka Poo-HQ. Never short of an earthy colloquialism - there’s a smell in here that will outlast religion - he introduces us to the everyday reality of human waste and bathroom maintenance. Although the material runs dry before the toilets do, Kenny will have you laughing most of the way from Werribee to Nashville, carrying a new found respect for the man behind the porta-loo.

// COLIN FRASER