Take Home Pay

Take Home Pay is Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa’s third self-funded feature, following the popular titles Three Wise Cousins and Hibiscus and Ruthless, which will be released to NZ cinemas on September 5th. However you can see the film first at the world premiere on August 25th at Auckland’s Civic if you get in quick. Watch the trailer


This action comedy focusses on Samoan brothers Popo (Ronnie Taulafo) and Alama (Vito Vito) who leave the ma’umaga (taro fields) of home for the promise of big money, picking kiwifruit in Aotearo as seasonal workers.


When Popo steals their wages and goes AWOL, Alama calls on his relative, unorthodox private investigator Bob Titilo (Tofiga Fepulea'i) to help track his brother down.


The film marks Tofiga Fepulea'i Feature Film debut, filmmakers Stallone and sister/producer Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa say they wanted the Laughing Samoan from the very beginning to play the private investigator.


In an interview with the Samoa Observer they revealed it was a relief to see the comedian laugh when he was given the script and that allowing the actors to choose when their characters would probably speak Samoan or English kept the scenes authentic.


We imagine, as with previous films, Take Home Pay will have as much laughter as it does teachable messages that will be well-received by audiences only this time there will be some action-sequences to boot.


Look out for familiar faces such as Yvonne Maea Brown who played Hibiscus’s grandmother in Hibiscus & Ruthless, Cincy of Samoa and boxing legend David Tua.


If you want to see the film earlier than the September 5 release in New Zealand, secure a ticket to the World Premiere which will take place at the Civic on August 25th, or to the Wellington Premiere on the 26th. Failing that, there will also be an Australian premiere on the 29th in Sydney.


Premieres and Releases


August 25th - WORLD Premiere | Auckland


August 26th - Wellington Premiere | The Embassy


August 29th - Australian Premiere | Sydney, Events Cinemas Campbelltown


September 5th - Opening in select NZ & AU Cinemas


September 19th - Opening in Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea & Cook Islands