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       posted on Saturday 30 Dec, 2006.

“Kenny – A Knight in Shining Overalls”

A DVD web site describes this movie:

“From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society’s machinery; a knight in shining overalls taking care of business with his faithful ‘Splashdown’ crew.

Follow Kenny as he tackles every septic challenge that comes his way, culminating in a pilgrimage to that Mecca of waste management, the International Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Nashville Tennessee – or as Kenny affectionately calls it, “Poo HQ”.

With fly-on-the-wall honesty and wit, ‘KENNY’ lifts the lid on one of Australia’s roughest diamonds as he juggles family tensions, fatherhood and sewage with charm, humour and unflinching dignity.

Part philosopher, part comedian and all heart, KENNY is living proof that in sewage, like life, the best will always rise to the top.”

I really enjoyed this movie. It was very real, the situations that Kenny faced ones which any of us might face – the irritable parent, the questioning child, the unhappily divorced spouse, the angry or violent customer. Yet through it all Kenny holds his ethical values of honesty, respect and kindness with an iron fist. Even in the most unbearable circumstances, when many of us would resort to unkind actions, he is the same honest, respectful and kind person that he is at the best of times.

And he does win in the end, but on his own terms.

There is also humility and gratitude here, a salient reminder that to be alive and be able to live with the values we hold dear is something to be grateful for, not a right to demand.

Thanks Kenny!



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