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The Little Things

Short Film (Full Length) – 2004

Parental Guidance

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-Iti’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.

....a subtle, beautiful, moving short film that takes us into an experience of the world through the eyes of a young Māori girl.
– Benjamin Barrett, reviewing The Little Things in mid 2005, on website The Lumière Reader

Key Cast & Crew

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Reina Webster-Iti

Writer, Director

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Diana Rowan

Casting Director

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Norissa Taia

As: George

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Catherine Fitzgerald


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Waiere Iti

Record store shopper

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Kim Tomlin

As: Record store assistant

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Soundtrack includes 'Gamble Interlude', performed by Peter Wadams (P-Money)

Closing credits track 'When I Had You' written and performed by Niki Ahu