Thursday, August 23, 2012

From Time to Time: A Great Movie by Julian Fellows

When I mentioned PBS the other day I was excited to hear all of the wonderful things you had to say about your love for Downton Abbey. I am anxiously awaiting the new season; I hate to say this but I might even resort to watching the BBC online when the season starts in England. 

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I took a break last night from life. I don't know why but I just cannot get into the grove of things this week. I feel behind and knackered as they say, so I took the night off and watched a great movie. From Time to Time is directed by none other than Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey, and is based upon the best selling novel The Chimneys of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston. In addition it stars...Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville! 

This is a family ghost story about a thirteen year old boy, Tolly (Alex Atel) who is sent to spend Christmas 1944 with his grandmother(Maggie Smith) while his mother searches for news of his missing father. While there he begins to explore the estate ( Athelhampton House) and uncovers not only family secrets but ghosts. 

I really do not want to say more because I do not want to ruin it but I will say that the movie is well written, light and entertaining, and has a wonderful cast and setting.  A great movie for a wet, rainy day or a lazy winter afternoon. This is by the way, a movie that was written for family entertainment and young adults.

On a side note, all of the actors and actresses in this movie are fabulous and so many have played parts in other superior movies. A couple of  my favorite movies starting some of them are; Millions (directed by Danny Boyle of Opening Ceremony fame, staring Alex Atel)) and  Black Book (starring Carice Van Houten).

I would love to know if you have seen this movie? Did you like it? Let me know and of course I love suggestions, so let me know if you know some great movies (nothing scary or action please) that are funny, romantic, or period films.

Have a great day. Enjoy!


  1. I read the book as a child and re-read it when studying for my MA, it was very atmospheric.
    Downton Abbey is on ITV not BBC, if you are looking online. We have more guests arriving today so I may not have time to comment for a while, have a lovely weekend.
    Jude x

  2. Oh we just saw on channel 2 last night a documentary about how Downton Abby was filmed. Julian Fellows was interviewed; what a genius of a man!!!!!!

    I cannot wait for season 3. We are waiting anxiously! LOVE! Anita

  3. Elizabeth, I am not familiar with either movie. Both sound interesting. I adore Maggie Smith. I often find myself hearing her voice while reading. I will check to see if the library has these titles. All of the video rental shops have closed and I have yet to subscribe to netflix. I always look forward to your suggestions. Have a wonderful Thursday.

  4. Can't wait to check this movie out. Love Millions (and Danny Boyle's works) & Alex. Such a great actor. Do you enjoy the Elizabeth Gaskell miniseries by BBC? I ADORE all of them specifically Cranford which Alex is in :)

  5. I hover around, enjoying your posts, and just had to comment here and thank you for the suggestion of From Time to Time and must say "ditto" to cozycakescottage regarding young Alex as I do love the series Cranford. Thank you.


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