Blockbuster Premiere - Kenny: Tuesday 15 January


Tuesday, January 15th at 8:30pm

From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth (Shane Jacobson) delivers port-a-loos to them all in 3’s hilarious New Zealand television premiere of Kenny, screening Tuesday, January 15th at 8:30pm.

Part philosopher, part comedian and all heart, Kenny is one of the cogs in society’s machinery, a knight in shining overalls taking care of business with his faithful ‘Splashdown crew’.

The film lifts the lid on one of Australia’s roughest diamonds as Kenny juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.

Brainchild of The Jacobson Brothers, Shane and Clayton spent two years filming Kenny alongside an actual toilet rental/delivery company – Splashdown.

The film’s sole investor and Splashdown’s owner Glenn Preusker granted the brothers complete access to all levels of Splashdown’s operation, crew and equipment.

“Glenn’s enormous support and enthusiasm for the film enabled us to deliver an energy and authenticity normally absent from films of this genre,” said Director Clayton Jacobson

“Every frame of footage is alive with the buzz of actual events and situations Splashdown and our crew had to deal with on a daily basis. The production value of being able to film these events and festivals is priceless.”

Like many brother teams before them, the Jacobson brothers’ talents and roles cover much of the film’s key positions. Shane stars as Kenny and Co-Produced the film, while Clayton Directed/Produced/Shot and was principal editor of the production.

Much of Kenny’s heart and vernacular stems from the Jacobson brothers’ rich family history.

“My Father came from a large carnie (carnival) family. Much of their early years were spent travelling around the country entertaining and trying to make a dollar, says Clayton.

“Their shortfall was always made up by bartering – offing their services to farmers along the way to mend fences and do odd jobs.”

“Sadly my grandfather died of a heart attack in front of my father when he was only eight. The carnival was sold and my father, along with his mother, sister and four brothers, lived in a small carnival tent until Dad was twenty-three.”

“Much of the film’s humour comes directly from sayings and conversations my brother Shane and I overheard between our uncles, father and grandmother at family gatherings,” says Clayton.

“If my grandmother felt something was pointless she would lament ‘you might as well rub your arse with a brick’. She was a tough adorable woman.”

“I think many Australians of my generation remember and identify with such Aussie-isms and I was keen to give them an airing.”

“They are playful and funny, but more to the point, they were tools for connection and getting on regardless of one’s problems,” says Clayton.

Tune in to all these Aussie-isms and other hilarious moments when Kenny premieres for the very first time on New Zealand screens, Tuesday, January 15th at 8:30pm on 3.

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