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- 1 h 35 m 14 s
A true New Zealand love story based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ journey in pursuit of true love.
Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story
Friday 25 September 2020
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Indigenous Nation Satalo & Solaua villages in Upolu, Samoa, Māori
Country New Zealand
Director Nikki Si'ulepa
Director Bio Nikki entered the New Zealand film industry as a young 19 year old rookie actor playing the lead role of, 'Marty' in 'Whole of the Moon' in 1995. She won two best actress awards for this role. Since then she worked predominantly as a writer, director, and camera operator in film and media whilst still dabbling in acting on screen. She worked as a reporter/director/camera operator for TVNZ's Pacific Show, 'Tagata Pasifika' for over a decade where she learned journalistic skills and how to operate a camera. She bought her own camera kit and began freelance work as a director/camera operator. Nikki’s short films have won awards and screened at international film festivals including the Berlinale, Tribeca and ImagineNATIVE. Her love for real stories began early and has evolved into a film-making way of life which she has immersed herself in and whole-heartedly embraces today. Working intensely on both sides of the camera helped Nikki gain full appreciation for both acting and directing moulding her into a multi-skilled filmmaker. Nikki is currently co-distributing her first independent feature film, which she wrote, directed, and EP'd, called, 'Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story' throughout New Zealand cinemas, then Australia and overseas. SBD has screened at the New Zealand box office since May 2019 and is self-funded and self-driven alongside Nikki’s wife and SBD producer, Rachel Aneta Wills. SBD is based on the couple’s own true life story about their early, awkward beginnings in love. Nikki is preparing for development into her next feature film project currently titled, 'Crying Shame', which is an arthouse period drama set in the late 1980s New Zealand and is also based on true events. ‘Crying Shame’ is scheduled to shoot principal photography in 2020.