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The Child in Time (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 April 2018
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The life of a children's book author is turned upside down when his daughter goes missing.


Julian Farino


Ian McEwan (based on the novel by), Stephen Butchard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stephen Lewis
Kelly Macdonald ... Julie
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Charles
Saskia Reeves ... Thelma
Andrea Hall Andrea Hall ... Policewoman
Jim Creighton Jim Creighton ... Male Neighbour
Beatrice White Beatrice White ... Kate
Rosa-Marie Lewis Rosa-Marie Lewis ... Shop Assistant
Franc Ashman Franc Ashman ... Lydia Webb
Anna Madeley ... Rachel Murray
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Home Secretary
Elliot Levey ... Prime Minister
Lucy Liemann ... Joanna Buckley
Natasha Brown Natasha Brown ... Stephen's Younger Mum
Laurence Spellman ... Greg Ellis


Children's author Stephen Lewis is shopping with 4-year old daughter Kate when she suddenly disappears. Failure to find her puts a strain on his marriage, his wife Julie leaving to live in a seaside village, though Stephen regularly visits her. Stephen continues to write but is asked by the prime minister to check on his best friend Charles Dark, who has resigned his cabinet membership to live in an isolated woodland retreat with his wife Thelma. Stephen is perturbed by Charles' apparent regression to childhood, reminding him of his own loss and, returning to London, erroneously believes that another little girl is Kate. Three years after the disappearance Thelma asks Stephen, still keeping Kate's room for her, for help with the increasingly disturbed Charles, leading to a shocking discovery though a later phone call from Julie provides a new beginning for them both. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

1 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK

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16:9 HD
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The scene where Kate goes missing was filmed in a supermarket in Crouch End, London, with an uninterrupted public flow. Because of the intense performance in this scene, a real police officer was standing nearby to reassure members of the public that a filming was taking place. See more »


Julie: [looks at a "missing" poster of Kate] She's not a cat.
Stephen Lewis: I know she's not a fucking cat. I'm trying to find her.
Julie: Well you lost her. I didn't mean that.
Stephen Lewis: Well I'll just sit on my arse and watch TV as well.
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Such a beautiful film!
25 September 2017 | by roverpupSee all my reviews

This excellent production had a real feel of a high quality indie movie. Cumberbatch was outstanding as the desperate Stephen Lewis who for a split second takes his attention away from his beloved little girl, an action which is at the heart of this beautiful and yet painful story. And yet the story is also uplifting, and at times there are touches of real life humour as well. The relationship between Stephen and his estranged wife Julie is so real on screen. You can easily believe these two deeply love each other despite their difficulties that they face. Everything about this film is moving, thoughtful and filled with genuine emotions. And bravo for Cumberbatch's company SunnyMarch for for taking such cerebral material and turning it into a beautiful and moving film! Kudos all round to all involved in bring this to life.

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