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Finn for a Day

Television (Full Length) – 2001

This documentary follows a 2001 Neil Finn tour of his bottom-of-the-world homeland. Finn challenged his perfectionist instincts by playing with a changing local line-up at each gig: mostly unknown fans offered a chance to “glisten like a pearl”. The performers ranged from veterans to teen guitarist-singer Jon Hume (four years away from the Australian Top 20 with band Evermore). In Dunedin the performance survives drinking rituals and uninvited stage guests; in another moment, a shy 14-year-old piano prodigy segues from Mozart into Split Enz classic 'I Got You'.

Now this is amazing. I’ve never had an experience like this on stage ever.
– Neil Finn, to the audience in Christchurch

Key Cast & Crew

Paul Casserly

Producer, Camera, Director

Jason Hoyte

Narrator

Phil Green

Editor

Peter Grumley

Camera

DJ Stipsen

Camera

Rakai Karaitiana

Camera

Produced by

  • TVNZ

  • Baldwin Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air

Music

Includes performances of: 

Don’t Dream it’s Over, I Got You, Better Be Home Soon, Something So Strong, Distant Sun, Private Universe, Don’t Dream It’s Over, Locked Out, Not the Girl You Think You Are, History Never Repeats, Angels Heap, Weather With You, Four Seasons in One Day, World Where You Live 

 

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