This site promotes Frozen, written and directed by Juliet McKoen, with Shirley Henderson and Roshan Seth, produced by Mark Lavender, co-financed by Zentropa. Frozen, a film by Juliet McKoen with Shirley Henderson & Roshan Seth, and an outstanding line-up of supporting U.K. actors, produced by Mark Lavender, Frozen is selected for the London & the AFI Los Angeles 2004 film festivals. Described as a ?strikingly beautiful debut feature?. Supported by Zentropa; Film London; North West Vision, Northern Film & Media and Scottish Screen.

Frozen to be released in the UK on 27th January 2006 by Guerilla Films.  For details of cinemas screening Frozen please click here


BBC AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE – Commonwealth Film Festival 2005

WINNER - Best Feature Film - Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005

WINNER - BAFTA (Scotland) Best Actress 2005

WINNER Best Actress - Marrakech International Film Festival 2005

WINNER Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography - Slamdance 2005

WINNER Best Cinematography Dubrovnik Film Festival 2005

RUNNER-UP Audience Award - Slamdance 2005


SILVER REMI AWARD – Worldfest Houston 2005

SPECIAL GRAND JURY MENTION for Shirley Henderson – Films de Femmes Creteil 2005

SPECIAL JURY MENTION – Britspotting, Berlin 2005

“For those of us in professional despair about the future of British cinema, there was precious little to gripe about.  Juliet McKoen’s ghost story, Frozen, is a brave choice. It gives Shirley Henderson, so often the viola player in a string quartet, the chance to show how haunting she can be as a lead. In McKoen’s subtle hands Frozen becomes a poem about the limbo of not-knowing; of not being able to grieve for a loved one who keeps calling in dreams; and how this appalling ache reshapes the place where you live and the people you grow up with. It is also an exceedingly topical film about how horror is becalmed.”
The Times, November 2004

An almost unclassifiable mixture of mystery yarn, supernatural story and character study, Frozen has an ambition and originality that has become all too rare in British cinema. The first feature from writer-director Juliet McKoen, it has a story and atmosphere that could have come straight from the pages of such Victorian masters as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins or Henry James. 

Allan Hunter, Scotland on Sunday

“A thoughtful, beautiful film that puts Shirley Henderson’s capability as a female lead beyond question.”
Gareth McLean, Guardian Weekend Magazine

“Henderson is such an engaging and gifted actress that we can't take our eyes off her. Meanwhile, McKoen captures it with a real eye for beauty – each frame looks like a work of art, using the coastline as another character in the story. As the mystery deepens, McKoen draws us in, revealing the characters slowly enough that we never get ahead of Kath in her quest and adding an ethereal parallel layer in Kath's fantasies.
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

“This well crafted film sees the first true lead role for this excellent, versatile and omnipresent Scottish actress. McKoen makes much photographically of the grim mud flats and decaying industry of this north-western corner.”
Time Out London

“Henderson's performance is childlike and her seeming innocence increases our fears for her wellbeing. In contrast, Roshan Seth is the very essence of stillness and maturity in what is an excellent performance. McKoen shows a skill for finding the heart of a place, for pinpointing the mood and it is a beautifully stark film. Recommended.”
Alex Crawford, BBC

“One of the new group of emerging British directors whose films are bound to resonate… The debut feature Frozen from Juliet McKoen is a strikingly beautiful film.
Online reviews, Carnival Askew

“A surreal and evocative tale… Shirley Henderson's acting is excellent. From childlike to erotic, from sad to simply fucked up, she has a ageless quality about her that immediately garners sympathy from the audience. While Frozen may not be the fast-paced thriller that resolves all of the lingering questions in an easy manner, it is a surreal meditation on grief and death.”
Anji Milanovic, Plume Noir

”Mysterious and chilling, the film reminded me of Blow Up a bit in that it deals with images (in this case video images) and what we see and what we think we see based on our own state of mind.”
Matt Langdon,

“An emotionally energetic drama and a haunting meditation on the impermanence of existence. Led by the unflinching immediacy of Henderson’s performance, which is bold and evocatively unpredictable, Henderson shines in Juliet McKoen’s subtle script and direction.”
Shaz Bennett, American Film Institute Festival

“Depicting visions of worlds both imagined and realistically everyday, Frozen is the strikingly beautiful debut feature from Juliet McKoen. Shirley Henderson’s natural, casually engaging performances are always eye catching. Supported by a strong cast of recognisable British talent, she's reliably terrific here.”
Michael Hayden, London International Film Festival

Brit Flick Fever
Mark Kermode features Frozen in an article on the new British Film Revival
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The British are coming ... again
25 of the actors, directors and producers who are playing leading roles in our screen revival. Includes profiles of Shirley Henderson & Juliet McKoen
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