This short film follows 14-year-old George (Norissa Taia) who has to find her own way to celebrate her birthday when everyone else forgets it. But solace comes from an unexpected place. The film marked director Reina Webster’s thesis project for her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (the Fulbright scholar was the first Kiwi to study film directing there). Little Things won a Special Mention at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival, while young actor Norissa Taia was nominated for an NZ Screen Award. The casting is by Whale Rider's Diana Rowan.
As the product of solo parenting myself, I wrote this movie to highlight the unexpected ways in which generosity and love can sometimes come to us in the wake of difficult circumstances.– Writer/director Reina Webster, in the film's press kit
Soundtrack includes 'Gamble Interlude' , performed by Peter Wadams (P-Money)
Closing credits track When I Had You' written and performed by Niki Ahu