Australia’s Most Famous Plumber, Kenny, Turns Ten
Just ten years ago a low budget Aussie-made film called “Kenny” lifted the lid on the secret life of plumbers, and maybe their thought life as well. Not many people had heard of Shane Jacobson before then, but his classic portrayal of salt-of-the-earth character Kenny helped us laugh so hard we needed to go.
Kenny Smyth is a plumber in a porta-loo business called Splashdown. No matter where they’re needed, a massive festival or a small social, Kenny’s your number one and number two man.
As we follow him around with a fly-on-the-wall documentary feel to the telling of his story, we see that he’s often overlooked and rarely appreciated for his valuable contribution to society.
“It takes a certain kind of person to do what I do… No-one’s ever impressed; no-one’s ever fascinated… If you’re a fireman, all the kids will want to jump on the back of the truck and follow you to a fire. There’s going to be no kids willing to do that with me. So, I don’t do it to impress people – it’s a job, it’s my trade, and I actually think I’m pretty good at it.” – Kenny Smyth
We watch this honest bloke negotiate family relationships, the challenges of being a dad, and everybody else’s crap with a great sense of humour and pride in his trade.
You can’t help but be really happy for him as he makes it to what he calls “Poo HQ” – the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville, USA.
The movie is all about the character, quintessentially Aussie and imperfect, but we warm to him all the more because of his rough edges. So ten years later, Kenny is now another modern classic Aussie production, and plumbing services are all the more valued for it.
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