Kenny is a 2006 Australian mockumentary film starring Shane Jacobson as Kenny, a Melbourne plumber who works for plumbing company Splashdown.
The film is shot entirely on location in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America.
In Australia, there has been high acclaim for the film which continues to receive excellent reviews with an average of four to four-and-a-half stars. Due to this, the number of screens which show the movie has been increased and there is currently discussion relating to the possibility of releasing the movie overseas.
Director Clayton Jacobson describes Kenny as "the Dalai-Lama of Waste Management, eternally optimistic and always ready to put others before himself. Kenny represents the humbling nature of common decency."
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Kenny is a divorced, thirty-something portaloo toilet installer. He identifies himself as a plumber, while his father openly refers to him as a 'glorified turd-burglar', and his bourgeois brother finds it embarrassing to be in his company. His wife has left him and taken their son, and his mother (with whom he was very close) passed away several years earlier.
Kenny is good at his job and refuses to change careers to placate others. His life, at first glance, seems fairly routine - he's a meat-and-three-veg kind of guy who enjoys a beer and the odd fart joke.
Then summer arrives and 'every bastard starts having a festival'. Kenny's life is thrown into chaos. With real Melbourne events such as The Melbourne Cup, Calder Park Street Drag Racing and the St Kilda Festival as a backdrop, Kenny demonstrates his star qualities.
In the middle of summer, when Kenny thinks he is on top of his annual chaos, his boss asks him to attend a trade expo in Nashville, Tennessee. Kenny steps out of his overalls for the first time and nervously boards an international flight. His discomfort is evident, but by both breaking and fixing one of the plane's toilets, he strikes up a friendship with an air hostess.
Kenny fumbles his way through the trade expo and unfamiliar corporate world. He inadvertently schmoozes a deal to sell his company's 'corporate bathroom' to a Japanese firm, after having befriended a Japanese executive whom he calls 'The Sushi Cowboy'.
Upon his return to Australia, Kenny is faced with both career and family dilemmas. His boss offers him a managerial position which would involve trading his overalls for a suit. Even though this would please his father, ex-wife and boss, Kenny decides that his current role makes him who he is, and therefore decides to stick to the camaraderie of his mates and concentrate on his personal life.
Directed by Clayton Jacobson
Produced by Clayton Jacobson,Rohan Timlock
Written by Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson
Eve von Bibra
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Cinemas in Melbourne to see Kenny
→ Official website for Kenny the movie
→ Kenny Film info at Wikipedia
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