Kenny (2006 film)
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|Directed by||Clayton Jacobson|
|Produced by||Clayton Jacobson
|Written by||Clayton Jacobson
Eve von Bibra
|Release date(s)||17 August 2006|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Director Clayton Jacobson describes the character of 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." The film was shot entirely on location in the western suburbs of Melbourne and Nashville, Tennessee in the United States.
Kenny is a mockumentary that follows the fictional Kenny through his daily life. His work and his personal relationships are explored as Kenny goes about his day to day activities and speaks directly to the camera and his audience. Kenny provides a most basic service to the community: portable toilets. The audience sees Kenny interviewing potential clients and involved in major public events. It is important to Kenny to know the kind of food and drink to be served at these events as this will determine the level of service he provides. Never ashamed of his job, Kenny regards himself as a professional. Even at the most prestigious events for which he caters, Kenny realises that the most glamorous will need his portable toilets. He sees life in all of its complexities through the need of his services. When Kenny travels to Nashville to attend a toilet convention, he is thrilled to travel outside his native Melbourne. His ingenuousness, friendship and commitment to his profession opens business opportunities in Japan and the potential for a new relationship. Kenny declines the opportunity to become an executive and is ambivalent about the new relationship, until she shows herself to be sincerely interested in Kenny, for himself.
- Shane Jacobson as Kenny Smyth
- Eve von Bibra as Jackie Sheppard
- Clayton Jacobson as David Smyth
- Ronald Jacobson as Bill Smyth
- Jesse Jacobson as Jesse Smyth
- Morihiko Hasebe as Sushi Cowboy
- Vicki Musso as Kenny's ex-wife
- Glenn Preusker as Glenn
- Chris Davis as Pat
- Ian Dryden as Sammy
- Mark Robertson as Robbo
- Alf Scerri as Alf
- Jason Gann as Drunk Guy at Melbourne Cup
- Nash Edgerton as Golf Cart Victim
World premiere 
Kenny received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that all 18 reviews listed gave the film positive feedback, with an average review score of 7.5 out of 10. Margaret Pomeranz from At the Movies awarded the film a score of 4.5 out of 5. In contrast, however, David Stratton gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, criticising the cinematography and overused humour.
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2006: Nominated: Best Film (Clayton Jacobson, Rohan Timlock), Best Direction (Clayton Jacobson), Best Original Screenplay (Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson), Best Editing (Clayton Jacobson, Sean Lander), Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Jacobson)
- Won: Best Lead Actor (Shane Jacobson)
- Film Critics Circle of Australia 2006: Won: Best Actor (Shane Jacobson), Best Original Screenplay; Nominated: Best Film, Best Director
- if Awards 2006: Won: Best Feature Film, Best Script (Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson), Best Sound (Craig Carter, Peter Smith), Box Office Achievement; Nominated: Best Director (Clayton Jacobsen), Best Editing (Clayton Jacobson, Sean Lander)
- Funniest Fiction Feature (2008): Traverse City Film Festival
A television mockumentary series developed with Network Ten, Kenny's World, aired as part of Ten's second-half lineup of 2008. The series takes Kenny on a toilet tour of the globe. The show also features cameos of characters from the movie.
Box office 
Kenny grossed $7,778,177 at the box office in Australia.
See also 
- "Poowong's flush of pride". The Age (Melbourne). 17 July 2006.
- "Kenny Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Pomeranz, Margaret. "Kenny on At the Movies". ABC. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Kenny flush as TV deal sealed The Daily Telegraph (Sydney Confidential) 29 May 2007
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office