A State of Siege is the story of a retired art teacher dealing with isolation and loneliness, culminating in a stormy, terrifying night. This is a six-minute excerpt. Vincent Ward's acclaimed short — adapted from a Janet Frame novel — was made when he was at Ilam art school. The Evening Post called it "the most sensitive and intelligent film that has ever been made in New Zealand". San Francisco Chronicle praised: "Ward creates more horror in this low budget movie with his play of light and shadow than Stanley Kubrick was able to create in the whole of The Shining."
Stunning … Rigourously constructed with one exquisitely composed image following another … film becomes poetry.– Los Angeles Times review
Vincent Ward and Tim White
World premiere at the Wellington Film Festival, July 1978
Funded by QEII Arts Council, the Education Department and the Interim Film Commission