Finding the right person to play Anne Shirley was perhaps the most important decision in the making of Anne of Green Gables. She had to be the right age – mature enough to handle the lead role in a three hour miniseries, but able to maintain the innocence of her character. With millions of people around the world having preconceived notions of what Anne should look like, she also had to have the right image. Here’s a look at how the stars aligned to make Megan Follows the lead everyone loves.
When translating content from page to screen, keeping track of the subtleties in the original text can be difficult. In the foreword of the Centennial Edition of Anne of Green Gables, Kevin Sullivan talks about what kind of process helped him stay true to the material.
Kevin Sullivan’s very first experience with Anne of Green Gables came in Grade 5 when his teacher read the classic novel aloud to his class. Little did he know that years later he would turn the story he experienced when he was just a young boy into his own vision and catapult Anne onto a stage viewed by an international audience.
Richard Farnsworth lets viewers in on the source of shyness in Matthew, his character in Anne of Green Gables, in this on-set interview (see video below). Fans will find out what he thinks of Megan Follows’ acting and how he always wanted to work with Colleen Dewhurst. Farnsworth also responds to inquiries about his own shyness, what kind of roles he suits and whether the character he plays is afraid of women.
Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video in which Jonathan Crombie, who plays Gilbert Blythe, talks about working with the cast of Anne of Green Gables. Crombie fans may be surprised to know that he had never been in front of a camera before stepping foot on the Sullivan set! It’s hard to believe that the actor who played the role of the ideal man had only done high school plays before Anne.
Just as Anne Shirley’s words form some of the most memorable quotes, so too does the musical score of Anne of Green Gables form an emotional memory for the film’s viewers. You can hear the first few bars of Anne’s theme music, written by composer Hagood Hardy, and be instantly transported back to the first time you saw Anne walking through the woods on her way to Hammond’s Mill. As part of ‘music week’ at Sullivan Entertainment, here’s a look at the history of the man who created these lasting notes.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with a friend about which scene of the Anne of Green Gables films moves them the most, it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Not too much time lapses between one emotional scene and the next – alternately heartbreaking and inspiring – but we’ve managed to compile a list of the top ten moments. Let us know if we got it right!