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:: Kenny

’Kenny’ is an offbeat Australian ‘mockumentry’ that follows the life of portable toilet repairman Kenny Smyth who works for portaloo company Splashdown. Spending his working hours fixing porta-loos at large rock festivals and corporate gigs, we are introduced to a man who is a devout father, son and brother – a man who is not in the least ashamed of his job, which he claim’s he’s actually pretty good at.

The film’s dialogue is awash with fantastic one-liners and carries the same brand of humour as The Castle. The company’s slogan ‘We’re number one with your number two’s’ is indicative of the so-called toilet humour which resonates through the film.

Our first introduction to Kenny comes as he is on the phone to the organisers of an ‘Indian’ festival. He politely asks if ‘curry’ is on the menu at the event as this will undoubtedly influence the price of the toilet cleaning. Immediately his idiosyncrasies punctuate the film and turn him into a loveable character.

Filmed at the Spring Racing carnival, rock events and festivals in and around Melbourne and an international trade fair in Nashville, we’re presented with an accurate depiction of public toilets at oversized events complete with drunken patrons, and queues hustling and bustling out of cramped toilets. It is here that we understand the general disregard for Kenny’s work - in a particular - an amusing scene where a disinterested casual worker is required to pull a ring out of a toilet for a particularly unappreciative woman.

The narrative explores Kenny’s relationship with his overbearing father who wants Kenny to deviate away from the plumming trade and get a ‘proper job’. His rather unpleasant ex-wife makes life hell for him, ringing whenever there is a problem with their son especially at the most inconvenient of times.

Although the film is laden with toilet humour it would appeal to most people who love a laugh and a bit of Australian larrikinism.