From Time to Time (film)

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From Time to Time
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Directed by Julian Fellowes
Written by Lucy M. Boston
Julian Fellowes
Starring Maggie Smith
Timothy Spall
Carice van Houten
Alex Etel
Eliza Bennett
Hugh Bonneville
Kwayedza Kureya
Distributed by Ealing Studios
Release dates
  • 15 October 2009 (2009-10-15) (BFI London)
  • 24 September 2010 (2010-09-24) (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

From Time to Time is a 2009 British fantasy drama film directed by Julian Fellowes and starring Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Carice van Houten, Alex Etel, Eliza Bennett, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Dominic West, Hugh Bonneville, Kwayedza Kureya, and Pauline Collins. It was adapted from Lucy M. Boston's children's novel The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958).[1] The film was shot in Athelhampton Hall, Dorset.


This British ghostly haunting story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart, is set in 1944, near the end of World War II. Tolly, 13, arrives at his grandmother's country house, Green Knowe, after his father is reported missing in action. His grandmother (Maggie Smith) is faced with selling Green Knowe for financial reasons. Tolly soon discovers he can magically travel in time mysteriously between the present and the 19th century in the old manor house, and he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. Exciting events include a terrible fire, a tale of stolen jewels, and threats of a press gang.



On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 43% fresh rating based on reviews from seven critics and a rating average of 5.9 out of 10.[2] Tom Huddleston of Time Out described the film as "an emotionally wise but logically skewed children’s tale", the logical inconsistencies of which "largely restricts the film’s appeal to bookish pre-teens".[3] Henry Fitzherbert of the Daily Express praised the actors' performances, particularly Smith's, and noted that it "casts a magical spell by the touching conclusion".[4]


  1. ^ From Time to Time at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ From Time To Time. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ Huddlestone, Tom (2009-10-20). From Time To Time | review. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ Fitzherbert, Henry (2010-10-01). From Time To Time film review and trailer. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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