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Gather to the Chapel

Liam Finn , Music Video – 2007

from the album I'll Be Lightning (2007)

Another all in one shot beauty from director Joe Lonie, this gorgeously-crafted video was filmed in and around the historic St Stephen's Chapel above Auckland's Judges Bay and Parnell Baths. The camera floats through pohutukawa trees and Auckland pioneer gravestones as an ubiquitous Liam Finn exhorts everyone to gather by the chapel. The tiny, elegant church in question was built by Bishop Selwyn, and as it turns out, just around the corner from where Finn grew up. 'Gather to the Chapel' appears on Finn's first solo album, 2007's I'll Be Lightning.

My favourite of all the songs I got to make a video for. I still find it touching. I had this leapfrog idea where the performer would run around the back of a roving camera to magically reappear in the next spot. Liam was impressively nimble, and the Steadicam operator Alex McDonald was very skilful. They nailed it every time. It was like they were dancing together.
– Director Joe Lonie

Key Cast & Crew

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Joe Lonie


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Alex McDonald

Camera Operator


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Made with funding from NZ On Air