From Time to Time is a British adventure film directed by Julian Fellowes and starring Maggie Smith, Carice van Houten, Eliza Bennett, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh and Hugh Bonneville.
It was adapted from a novel by Lucy M. Boston. Alex plays Tolly.
Young Tolly tries to unlock the secrets of his ancestral home and in doing so unsettles some of its spirits. Review by Justin Johnson, BFI
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.
Writers: Lucy M. Boston (based on novel) Julian Fellowes (adaptation) Linda Bruce - line producer
Julian Fellowes - producer
Tabitha Jenkins - associate producer
Paul Kingsley - producer
Nichola Martin - associate producer
Tim Smith - executive producer
James Spring - executive producer
Barnaby Thompson - executive producer
Liz Trubridge - producer
Original Music by Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography by Alan Almond
Film Editing by John Wilson
Distributed by Ealing Studios