Nikki Si’ulepa is an actress and director, known for Housebound (2014), The Whole of the Moon (1997) and Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story (2019).
Nikki Si’ulepa won acclaim after starring in 1996 movie The Whole of the Moon, as a Samoan street kid in love. There have been further screen roles, but Si’ulepa is more active behind the scenes. Alongside reporting, filming and directing for Pacific show Tagata Pasifika, she wrote Pacific fallout tale Snow in Paradise, co-directing it with Justine Simei-Barton. The short film was invited to 11 festivals, including Tribeca and Berlin. She also helmed shorts Ma and Aroha, and hosted a 2017 episode of Neighbourhood. In 2016 she co-starred in the first of two seasons of Pot Luck, which was promoted as Aotearoa’s first lesbian webseries.
Nikki cameo’s in her directorial debut rom-com feature film, ‘Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story’ which she self funded and self distributed in New Zealand with her wife and SBD producer, Rachel Aneta Wills.