SAME BUT DIFFERENT:
A TRUE NEW ZEALAND LOVE STORY
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What the Critics Say

"Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story is wickedly Kiwi, riotously funny in places and with a romantic centre that gently gifts the viewer with a mismatched pair to be willed together." - Reviews By Judith & Friends

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SAME BUT DIFFERENT - A TRUE LABOUR OF LOVE, LOTL

Fans of antipodean Queer cinema are in for a treat with Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story, an engaging and uplifting romantic comedy.

REVIEW FOR EDGE MEDIA NETWORK

The zany "Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story" is not what I expected from a romantic comedy. As a film with a lot of dry, witty Kiwi humor, it contains a lot of delicious, chewy morsels of understated political and historical commentary.

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REVIEWS BY JUDITH AND FRIENDS

My idea of a funny film sometimes involves a little animal cruelty… like when I’m watching a film in screener mode on my own TV and I laugh so loud that I scare the cat.  This write-up is a terrified cat situation … and I watched it twice. “Feel the pain be the pain!”  Same but Different: A True New Zealand Love Story is wickedly Kiwi, riotously funny in places and with a romantic centre that gently gifts the viewer with a mismatched pair to be willed together.

REVIEW FOR OUT TO THE MOVIES

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story finds Rachel (Robyn Paterson), a reluctant cougar facing down children wise beyond their years, constantly running late, and struggling with dyslexia, as she travels to a Maori film festival to escape a young man hellbent on a second date. Encouraged by her mother to explore her Maori heritage, she doesn’t expect to fall for Nikki (Hannah Martin), a Samoan filmmaker who is the hit director at the festival.

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LIFTING THE VEIL

Filmmakers Nikki Si'ulepa & Rachel Aneta Wills talk about the challenges and victories around launching their debut feature film, SAME BUT DIFFERENT: A TRUE NEW ZEALAND LOVE STORY

NEWSHUB'S KATE RODGER INTERVIEW

Newshub's Kate Rodger talks to filmmakers Nikki Si'ulepa and Rachel Aneta Wills about making romantic comedy, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story based

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SBD_Writer Director NIKKI SI'ULEPA & Pro

ROMANTIC FEATURE FILM SAME BUT DIFFERENT

A new Kiwi romance film is set to premiere in Auckland tonight. The feature film, Same But Different, is made by Samoan filmmaker Nikki Si’ulepa and her wife Rachel Aneta Wills.

SAME BUT DIFFERENT: THE TRUE LOVE STORY BETWEEN TWO FEMALE FILM-MAKERS

The path to true love doesn't always run straight, as director and writer Nikki Si'ulepa (left), and producer Rachel Aneta Wills discovered.

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SAME BUT DIFFERENT...A TRUE NZ LOVE STORY ABOUT A PONSONBY MUM IN LOVE

This new movie is the debut self-funded feature film from real life wives, Nikki Si’ulepa (writer/director) and Rachel Aneta Wills (producer) who’ve spent the last three years preparing, scripting, shooting, editing, and now, distributing their romantic Kiwi flick into cinemas.