Conceived in the mind of famous Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery over a century ago, the story of Anne of Green Gables continues to capture the hearts and minds of people around the world. The first of the films: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ was originally developed as a TV mini-series and aired on CBC, PBS and The Disney Channel in 1985. In 1987, Producer and Director Kevin Sullivan reunited much of the original cast for the second film ‘Anne of Avonlea’ (released in Canada as Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel) based loosely on Montgomery’s sequel novels, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars. The third installment, ‘Anne of Green Gables: the Continuing Story’ was created in 1998. This completely original story, penned by Sullivan, aimed to bring Anne into a time frame and story line that had been developed over the 91 episodes of the spin-off series, ‘Road to Avonlea’. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Montgomery’s original novel, the final film ‘Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning’, was both a prequel and sequel to the original series, released in 2009.
Conceived in the mind of famous Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery over a century ago, Anne of Green Gables continues to capture the hearts and minds of people around the world.
When Anne Shirley arrives at the Cuthbert’s Farm on Prince Edward Island, she is a precocious, romantic child, desperate to be loved, and highly sensitive about her red hair and homely looks. Anne moves from one mishap to another as her wild imagination and far-fetched antics combine to constantly bring trouble upon her shoulders. Filmed amidst the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, Canada, this Emmy Award-winning production follows the enchanting life of orphan Anne Shirley, from her struggles as an adolescent to her triumphs as a young woman. A delicate epic full of wit, style, and emotional power.
This is the enchanting sequel to the Emmy Award-winning ‘Anne of Green Gables’, in which Anne Shirley makes the transition from a romantic, impetuous orphan to an outspoken, adventurous and accomplished young teacher. After the wedding of her best friend, Diana Barry, and a proposal from Gilbert, Anne decides to leave Avonlea to accept a teaching post at Kingsport Ladies College. In order to succeed, Anne must win over the icy Katherine Brooke and endure tormenting from the snobby Pringle family. Anne finds a kindred spirit in Emmeline Harris, who is being raised by her cranky grandmother, Margaret Harris, and wants nothing more than to be loved by her absent father, Morgan Harris. Anne and Emmeline become fast friends, and Anne quickly forces her way into the Harris family and ultimately changes their lives. However, after a chance encounter with Gilbert, Anne begins to re-evaluate what is important to her. A surprise question from Morgan Harris makes Anne realize how much she misses home. Upon her return to Avonlea, she learns news about Gilbert and must decide how much he truly means to her. Canadian actress Megan Follows returns to her role as Anne. Tony Award-winner Colleen Dewhurst stars opposite her as aging Marilla Cuthbert and Oscar-winning actress Dame Wendy Hiller appears as the prickly dowager Mrs Harris. A stirring and charming follow-up, to the epic tale of the beguiling red-head.
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Now in her twenties, Anne returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla Cuthbert’s death. Gilbert has been offered a position in a hospital in New York, and he persuades Anne to come with him. He arranges a position for her at a large publishing house. However, big city life isn’t what they expected, especially when Anne’s manuscript is stolen by a dashing American writer, Jack Garrison. After many unsuccessful months, Anne and Gilbert move back to Avonlea and into the middle of wartime society. Gilbert feels pressure to join the army as a medical officer, and is soon listed as missing in action. The indomitable Anne then sets off to the battlefields of Europe in search of Gilbert, and helps a young French woman and her son who are in the line of danger along the way. For more about Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story read our blog: Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story Explained.
It is 1945 and Anne Shirley, now a successful, middle-aged writer, has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. On a whim, she agrees to write a play for a theater producer. The play, she reasons, will keep her busy – at least busy enough to not go out of her mind with worry about her only son who has yet to return from the war overseas. But a long-hidden secret in the form of a letter from her errant father, discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables, provides a distraction of its own. As Anne struggles to complete the play, she delves into long-buried memories, reliving the troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Green Gables farmhouse. She is forced to confront the fact that she made up stories about her life; after her mother died when her father deserted his young daughter. During that time, Young Anne, is taken into the care of a wealthy matriarch, Amelia Thomas and her daughter-in-law, Louisa, which changes her life forever. Over the course of one remarkable summer, Anne Shirley discovers the astonishing truth about her father, the origins of her quest for “kindred spirits” and the roots of her brilliant, magical imagination.