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From Time to Time (2009)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 726 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 24 September 2010 (UK)
  • Runtime: 95 min
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From Time to Time (2009)


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  • IMDb page: From Time to Time (2009)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 726 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 24 September 2010 (UK)
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorset, England, UK
  • Director: Julian Fellowes
  • Stars: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall and Maggie Smith
  • Original Music By: Ilan Eshkeri   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: 13 Year Old | Ghost | Ghost Story | England | Time Travel

Writing Credits By:

  • Lucy M. Boston (novel "The Chimneys of Green Knowe")
  • Julian Fellowes (adaptation)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Anachronisms: Modern concrete sleepers and rail fixings are seen during the scene at the railway station set in 1944.

    Plot: A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. Full summary » |  »

    Story: In 1940s England, thirteen year old Tolly is sent to Green Knowe, the country estate of his grandmother, while his mother searches for any information concerning his missing in action father. Tolly soon finds that he can pass through time to witness the the family stories Grandmother Oldknow tells him. Traveling back to 1805, Tolly becomes caught up in the family scandals, secrets, and mysteries that still echo in his own time…Written by L. Hamre  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Linda Bruce known as line producer
    • Julian Fellowes known as producer
    • Tabitha Jenkins known as associate producer
    • Paul Kingsley known as producer
    • Nichola Martin known as associate producer
    • Tim Smith known as executive producer
    • James Spring known as executive producer
    • Barnaby Thompson known as executive producer
    • Liz Trubridge known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Alex Etel known as Tolly
    • Timothy Spall known as Boggis
    • Maggie Smith known as Mrs. Oldknow
    • Christopher Villiers known as Officer
    • Pauline Collins known as Mrs. Tweedle
    • Eliza Bennett known as Susan (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
    • Rachel Bell known as Perkins
    • Dominic West known as Caxton
    • Carice van Houten known as Maria Oldknow
    • Douglas Booth known as Sefton
    • Jenny McCracken known as Mrs. Gross
    • Christine Lohr known as Mrs. Robbins
    • Alan Charlesworth known as Robert the Footman
    • Hugh Bonneville known as Captain Oldknow
    • Kwayedza Kureya known as Jacob
    • Allen Leech known as Fred Boggis
    • Helen Kennedy known as Nellie
    • Daisy Lewis known as Rose
    • Denise Stephenson known as Mrs. Carbery
    • Harriet Walter known as Lady Gresham
    • David Robb known as Lord Farrar
    • Anthony Gordon Lennox known as Carbery
    • Lynn Farleigh known as Gypsy
    • Elisabeth Dermot Walsh known as Joan (as Elizabeth Dermot Walsh)
    • Dugald Bruce Lockhart known as David



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Jo Adams known as makeup artist/hair stylist: daily
    • Elaine Carew known as makeup designer
    • Pauline Cox known as assistant hair stylist
    • Pauline Cox known as assistant makeup artist
    • Karen Dawson known as hair designer
    • Karen Dawson known as makeup designer
    • Marzenna Fus-Mickiewicz known as makeup artist/hair stylist: daily
    • Heather Squire known as makeup artist/hair stylist: daily
    • Joan Stribling known as daily hair stylist
    • Joan Stribling known as daily makeup artist
    • Issie Webbly known as hair stylist
    • Issie Webbly known as makeup artist
    • Catherine Wilkins known as makeup artist/hair stylist: daily
    • Felicity Wright known as makeup artist/hair stylist: daily

    Art Department:

    • Liz Ainley known as production buyer
    • John Allenby known as prop master
    • Huw Arthur known as draughtsman
    • Tim Blake known as graphics
    • Tim Blake known as stand-by art director
    • Joe Hawthorne known as construction manager
    • Pip Longson known as art department assistant
    • Terry Royce known as chargehand stand-by propman
    • Annushka Russell known as draughtsman
    • Micky Swift known as stand-by prop
    • Mark Reynolds known as dressing props (uncredited)




    Production Companies:

    • Ealing Studios
    • Fragile Films
    • Limelight
    • Lionhead Productions
    • Prescience Film Fund
    • Prescience

    Other Companies:

    • ARRI Media  camera equipment provided by
    • Anvil Post Production  sound re-recording
    • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
    • Dennis Davidson & Associates Public Releations (DDA)  publicity
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • HireWorks  Lightworks editing system
    • Panalux  film lighting
    • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
    • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services


    • Filmes Castello Lopes (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
    • Hopscotch Entertainment (2009) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
    • Hopscotch Productions (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Fragile Films Distribution (2010) (UK) (all media)
    • Freestyle Digital Media (2012) (USA) (all media)
    • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (DVD)
    • Teleview International (2006) (Latvia) (all media) (Middle East)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Arcadia SFX
    • Senate Visual Effects, The (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Craig Allison known as systems manager: The Senate VFX
    • Oliver Armstrong known as compositor
    • Loraine Cooper known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Nick D'Aguiar known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Yasmine El-Ghamrawy known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Yasmine El-Ghamrawy known as digital compositor
    • Dominique Fiore known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Sarah Hemsley known as visual effects executive producer: The Senate VFX
    • Simon Leech known as digital supervisor: The Senate VFX
    • Adam McInnes known as visual effects supervisor
    • Adam McInnes known as visual effects supervisor: The Senate VFX
    • Gordon Milner known as data I/O: The Senate VFX
    • Dan Pearce known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Dan Pearce known as digital compositor
    • Paula Pope known as visual effects production manager
    • Daniel Reeves known as data manager: The Senate VFX
    • Edward Sharp known as digital artist: The Senate VFX
    • Samantha Spacey known as visual effects producer: The Senate VFX
    • Stephen Tew known as digital artist
    • Doug Winder known as Matte Painter – The Senate VFX
    • Jamie Wong known as digital artist: The Senate VFX

    Release Date:

    • UK 15 October 2009 (London Film Festival)
    • USA 25 October 2009 (Chicago International Children's Film Festival)
    • UK 23 February 2010 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • USA 22 May 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • UK 24 September 2010
    • Germany 2 December 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and peril



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. MovieSonic from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      I put off watching this film for a long time because of the 6/10 IMDbrating and because it seems like one of those films you 'need to be inthe mood for'.

      Well, it is but when you are in the mood for a good story then watchthis film because the overall result is certainly worth it. Technicallyand visually the film is successful (i.e. cinematography, location,costumes etc.) but it is the story itself that kept me interested. I amnot sure if the success of the film is owed to the book it was adaptedfrom or if the script added anything but I was certainly impressed.

      The funny and tragic moments never felt forced or embellished and theactors were extremely committed and convincing.

      I am not a viewer who knows too much about the film making process sothe most I can comment on really is that whilst the ending was ratherpredictable I was happy I had watched the film and would highlyrecommend it to others.

      I hope the IMDb rating increases as it easily deserves 8/10

    2. TatiaTatiana
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      This is a film that would easily have been made 40 years ago – that itwas made now is remarkable. I never read the book upon which it wasbased so I came to it on its own merits – and it stood more than justwell. This is a film to be savored like a fine wine – it has richnuances. There is so much that is good about it – from writing andacting to photography and set design.

      It is an atmospheric film. Beautifully captured – the two time periodsare both portrayed in evocative detail. The mood for 1941 feels iconicbut real – like it would have been – in memory – quiet, all in mutedwintry grays with the detail of the house and its rooms presented tothe eye like paintings. By contrast, 1811 has a warm and vivid lushnesslike a dream. Fascinating choices.

      Beautifully acted – of exceptional note is Maggie Smith. HughBonneville gives a wonderful performance as Captain Oldknow. I foundthe marital relationship between the Captain and his foreign wife, asacted by Hugh Bonneville and Carice van Houten, as his wife Maria,intriguing. Made me wonder about how that relationship was portrayed inthe book. Pauline Collins and Timothy Spall and Dominic West allexcellent, as are the actors playing the children. Well done all round.

      This film made me curious about the book. In fact, I will likely readthe book now.

    3. Gordon-11 from Hong Kong
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      This film is about a young boy who goes to stay with his grandmother'sstately home during the Second World War. He finds the house's secretability to transport him back in time.

      "From Time to Time" successfully weaves together past and presentevents in a logical manner. Many time travel stories have major plotloopholes, but "From Time to Time" has a logical plot that even whenpeople from present interacts with people in the past and alter eventsfrom the past. I particularly like the fact that bits of stories weavetogether, such as the "miracle light" and the jewels, so everything inthe film happens for a reason. I enjoyed watching "From Time to Time" alot.

    4. Matthew Hopkiins from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      I caught this entirely by chance on TV here in the UK on Boxing Day,and was transfixed from start to finish.

      Whilst I've never read the book, I do recall an earlier version of thison TV from back in the 80's, but I doubt if there could be a moredefinitive version than this, with a stellar cast, and superbcinematography, my only question is how such a good film can emergewith a whimper rather than a bang.

      Of course I appreciate that a film like this isn't remotely 'trendy',but the art of good story telling never goes out of fashion.

      No surprise to see that Julian Fellowes was behind this, it had much ofthe same grandeur (and cast members!) that were to be found in his hugeTV success of 2010 'Downtown Abbey' I cannot recommend this film highlyenough, for lovers of ghost stories, and historical films in general,the two odd hours whizz by.

    5. nav swamey from India
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      "The Chimneys of Green Knowe" was very good book and adaptation of thisbook as movie was very wise decision,As the movie make justice with thebook.I have seen many movies based on novels but this one is reallyamazing and honest to book.

      The cinematography is beautiful,the acting is superb especially MaggieSmith(Linnet),Eliza Bennett(Susan) and Alex Etel(Tolly) have done agreat job.Movie is a little slow in start but as soon it reaches in themiddle you are bound to complete it.The director gave this movie a softtreatment.The music is not so well but it is not bad at all.

      Finally If you are the fan of "The Green Knowe series" or just want tosee a movie in your weekend go borrow the DVD as this a rare movie.

    6. BlueEyes72 from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      This film was directed by Julian Fellowes, who since making it, hasmade the hugely successful Downton Abbey TV series. Like that series,this film stars Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, and they are joinedby, amongst others, Dominic West, Pauline Collins and Timothy Spall.

      Set in 1940s England, 13 year old Tolly (Alex Etel) is sent to staywith his grandmother (Maggie Smith) at her country home, which shefears she will have to sell due to money problems. Tolly's father isfighting in WWII, and is missing in action. As his grandmother tellshim about the history of the house, and Tolly's ancestors, he findsthat he is able to travel back in time to 1805 and discover secretsabout his family's past, which still resonate today… This film isadapted from Lucy M Boston's book 'The Chimneys of Green Knowe'. I havenot read the book, so cannot compare the two, but I did really enjoythe film. Maggie Smith is as brilliant as ever, as the elderly lady whorealises that she may have lost her beloved son, and may also have togive up her lifelong home. Alex Etel does a fine job as Tolly, andcredit should also be given to the supporting cast, especially PaulineCollins and Timothy Spall, as two members of the staff at the house.Dominic West is great (as ever), although here he plays a particularlyunpleasant character – I personally prefer to see him in nicer roles!There is a parallel storyline; the story from 1805 – which centresaround Tolly's ancestors, the kindly Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville)and his selfish wife Maria (Carice van Houten) and their childrenSefton; a spoiled, selfish young man (Douglas Booth) and Susan, akindly, blind girl (Eliza Bennett). Into their lives comes Jacob(Kwayedza Kureya), a former slave who escapes from captivity with thehelp of Captain Oldknow and joins the household as a companion forSusan, much to the chagrin of Sefton. The second storyline is of courseset in 1940s, with Tolly and his grandmother worrying about what hasbecome of Tolly's father (and we do find out), while at the same timegetting to know and understand each other.

      I thought the film was incredibly well acted, and both story lines werevery touching. So much so, that I ended up in tears at the end, whichis not something that happens very often when I watch a film. This wasjust a lovely film, well acted, well told, and very emotive. Highlyrecommended to all fans of period drama.

    7. from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      Of all the things which irritate me when watching films of books whichI have read the one which irritates me most is the script writer whothinks s/he can improve on the original. Of course a very long book hasto lose characters and sub-plots, but "The Chimneys of Green Knowe" isnot a long book, and for every character lost Julian Fellowes hasinvented a new one.

      I have great respect for Julian Fellowes as an original screen writer,but the arrogance with which he has sought to 'improve' on LucyBoston's novel really sets my teeth on edge. I suspect that someone whohas never read the original will thoroughly enjoy this film, but thebook is much better and much more subtle in both the relationshipsbetween the characters and the nature of the 'ghosts' which JulianFellowes has made so much more conventional than Lucy Boston's unusualtake on the nature of time and mutability.

    8. Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 8:11 am

      This rather uninvolving time-slip film was made by Julian Fellowes touse sets and cast members left over from his popular period TV drama,DOWNTON ABBEY. It's ostensibly an adaptation of a '50s children's bookcalled The Children of Green Knowe, about a boy living during theSecond World War who finds a way to travel back into the lives of thosein Regency England. I remembering seeing a Children's BBC adaptation ofthe same book, made back in the 1980s, and it was a hundred times moresuccessful than this production: spooky, creepy with a genuine sense ofwonder.

      FROM TIME TO TIME is subdued and subtle throughout. It has a decentcast and a not-bad script, but it lacks the oomph to make it memorable.There's nothing spectacular or scary here, and the atmosphere isnon-existent. The biggest fault lies in the casting of Alex Etel as theteenage protagonist; he makes for one of the most unlikeable childleads I've ever seen. The supporting cast, including such luminaries asTimothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, Carice van Houten and HughBonneville, is excellent, but none of the actors are what you couldcall stretched and the story plays out with nary a twist in sight.

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