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Every Little Thing

Directed by Sally Aitken
93 minutes
All Ages
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Exquisite hummingbirds fill the screen in Australian filmmaker Sally Aitken’s captivating story of a woman finding herself as she cares for the tiny birds. Selected Sundance and CPH:DOX.

Los Angeles resident Terry Masear nurses the many hummingbirds who fall foul of the environment. In nesting season, she takes hundreds of calls from people who’ve found traumatised mothers and chicks. Aitken (Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life) follows Terry as she goes through her meticulous, time-consuming routine of feeding and grooming her fragile charges. In caring for hummingbirds, Terry finds a graceful way through her own traumas. The birds’ journey from injury to first flight is breathtakingly captured, revealing their oft-spunky personalities and resilient spirit. A compassionate and shimmering film to leave you humming.

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Every Little Thing is not just a deeply affecting portrait – it offers a vision of compassion as a way of life
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
The thrill of watching extraordinary footage of these shimmering, iridescent, physics-defying birds never grows old
Wendy Ide, Screen International
Every Little Thing works its way toward a deeply satisfying conclusion, a big celebration of tiny things and the special person who has made it all possible
Kate Erbland, IndieWire

Special Guests

Sally Aitken
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Sally Aitken is an Emmy-nominated director and screenwriter based in Sydney. Her debut documentary A Cinematic Life – which profiled film critic David Stratton – was selected for Official Competition at Cannes 2017, where she was also nominated for the Camera d'Or. Playing with Sharks, the story of conservationist Valerie Taylor, played Sundance in 2021, and in 2023 she produced and directed Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles.
Bettina Dalton
Bettina Dalton is an Emmy- and Sundance-nominated producer. One of the founding directors of WildBearEntertainment, her work specialises in unravelling social and environmental issues, while also discovering and reimagining film archives. Her latest producer credit was Rachel’s Farm, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2023.


Sat 15 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 9
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Presented By
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award
All Ages
In English
Sally Aitken
Bettina Dalton, Oli Harbottle, Anna Godas
Sally Aitken
Nathan Barlow, Dan Freene, Ann Prum
Tania Nehme
Australian Premiere
Australian Films, Documentary, Environmental, Women Directors, Animals & Creatures
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