Synopsis

It is 1945 and Anne Shirley (Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner, Barbara Hershey), 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 theatre 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 and when her father deserted his young daughter.

During that time, Young Anne (newcomer Hannah Endicott-Douglas), is taken into the care of a wealthy matriarch, Amelia Thomas (Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter-in-law, Louisa (Rachel Blanchard), 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.

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 and when her father deserted his young daughter.

During that time, Young Anne (newcomer Hannah Endicott-Douglas), is taken into the care of a wealthy matriarch, Amelia Thomas (Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter-in-law, Louisa (Rachel Blanchard), 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.

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Goes right to the heart of author L.M. Montgomery.

Boston Herald

Cast

  • Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Young Anne Shirley
  • Barbara Hershey as Older Anne Shirley
  • Shirley MacLaine as Amelia Thomas
  • Rachel Blanchard as Louisa Thomas
  • Ron Lea as Gene Armstrong
  • Bernard Behrens as Gabriel Blake
  • Ben Carlson as Walter Shirley
  • Joan Gregson as Hepzibah Leach
  • Kyra Harper as Nellie Parkhurst
  • Marc Bendavid as Dominic Blythe

Credits

  • Director: Kevin Sullivan
  • Executive Producers: Kevin Sullivan & Trudy Grant
  • Director of Photography: Yuri Yakubiw
  • Music: Peter Breiner
  • Writer: Kevin Sullivan
  • Costume Designer: Martha Mann
  • Production Designer: Raymond Lorenz

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