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.

Shirley Henderson
(Kath Swarbrick)

Of taking up her first major leading role in Frozen, Shirley says: “The thought of it was frightening because it’s a big role and I have to kind of persuade people to go on this journey with me, but I love the story and I love the mystery of it.

“ It’s about that ache in your heart that you can’t stop until you get an answer – while everybody else is fine and telling you that time will heal, it isn’t fine until you get that answer. That idea of something missing and unresolved is really powerful.”

Shirley Henderson has starred in Intermission (2003), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2003), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), 24-Hour Party People (2002) and Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001).

She was awarded the Prix Mademoiselle Ladubay Best Actress Prize at the 2003 Angers Film Festival for her performance in a short film called The Girl in the Red Dress, directed by Aletta Collins, and she won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Leonora Braham in Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy, for which she received a best actress nomination from the Film Critic’s Circle.

Roshan Seth
(Noyen Roy)

Roshan Seth plays parish priest Noyen Roy, who is led to question both his faith in the beliefs of the church and the strength of marital love after becoming entangled with an increasingly disturbed Kath. The role of Noyen was written for Roshan by director Juliet, who had admired the actor’s performance in Such a Long Journey (1998).

Roshan got on board the project when the script was in its early stages after the unlikely, doomed love affair between Kath and Noyen piqued his interest.

He says: “I found the theme of longing and not being able to get what you long for particularly interesting, as well as what TS Elliot called ‘the awful daring of a moment’s surrender’ – that one moment when you surrender to living completely in the now.

“ For me that is the fullness of everything, and for the rest of the time we’re merely playing these rather uptight roles. After years of playing the role of the carer and priest, Noyen lets his feelings take over instead of keeping them buried. When he seizes the moment with Kath it thaws something inside him. But it also turns everything he believes in upside down.”

Born and educated in India, Roshan trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His early career began in England, but he returned to India in 1977 and has lived in New Delhi ever since while continuing to pursue an international career in Britain, the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and India.

As well as receiving a Genie for his role in Such a Long Journey he was nominated for a BAFTA in 1982 for Gandhi. Other notable film credits include Monsoon Wedding (2001), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1983) and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985).

Ger Ryan as Elsie

Ralf Little as Eddie

Jamie Sives as Jim

Richard Armitage as Steven

Sean Harris as Hurricane Frank

Shireen Shah as Vellama

Rebecca Palmer as Irene
Lyndsey Marshal as Tracey