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From Time to Time

Original title: From Time to Time
Great Britain, 2009

Director: Fellowes, Julian
Production company: Lionhead Productions
Co-producers: Ealing Studios International
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

Tolly is sent to stay with his grandmother at Green Knowe, an old house which has been the subject of many mysteries over its long history. Initially, Tolly uncovers a number of these stories from talking to the long-serving staff, but is shocked when ghostly apparitions start visiting him, seemingly in order to help him piece together a number of clues that might, once and for all, solve the riddle of the missing jewels and the cause of the tragic fire that destoyed part of the house over a century before. Directed and adapted by Julian Fellowes, From Time to Time brings Lucy M Boston's Green Knowe stories to the big screen with a perfect balance of good humour, period detail and plenty of scares. It's impossible not to be enchanted by Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall, both on fine form; but the whole acting ensemble work seamlessly to achieve something that is very rare in recent years; a great British family film with a strong appeal to both children and parents alike.

Justin Johnson

London IFF 2009, Chicago 2009 (awarded), Cinemagic Dublin 2010

World sales address/es:
Ealing (GB)