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. Filmmaker Kevin Sullivan has taken the world of Green Gables™ one step further and what started out as words on paper has now evolved into a series of films and television productions that have brought the world of Anne and her beloved Avonlea to an international audience; Garnered 4 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a host of international awards having been seen in over 140 countries around the world.
A Guide to Green Gables
Kevin Sullivan’s series of Anne of Green Gables films began in 1985 when he produced a four hour television miniseries and feature film releases in Japan and Israel. Starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth, the story of the plucky, red-headed orphan who grows to up be a creative and tender-hearted young woman created a worldwide demand for all things Anne.
Sullivan reunited much of the original cast and created Anne of Avonlea in 1987. The project was loosely based on Montgomery’s sequel novels: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars from which Sullivan developed an original story and screenplay that instantly became as popular as the first. So popular in fact, that a spin off television series, Road to Avonlea was produced in 1989 that went on to run for 91 episodes and a Christmas special.
Road to Avonlea further fueled the interest in Anne and in 1998 Sullivan produced Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. This third movie and mini-series was again developed as a completely original story, penned by Sullivan to bring Anne into a time frame and storyline that had been developed over 91 episodes of Road to Avonlea. The success of Anne as a live-action character led to a collaboration with PBS-Kids that resulted in an educational, animated series of 26 episodes and an animated feature length movie Anne: Journey to Green Gables.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Montgomery’s original novel, the final chapter of Sullivan’s Anne saga was both a prequel and sequel to the original series: Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning was released in 2009. This final film tells the secret story of Anne’s life before coming to Green Gables and brings together screen legends Shirley Maclaine and Barbara Hershey into the world of Avonlea. Hershey plays Anne as a much older woman, modeled on LM Montgomery herself; while newcomer Hannah Endicott-Douglas plays Anne as a young child.
Anne’s emotional journey, which has resonated with millions of fans, takes her from a tragic childhood at the hands of parents who were unable to care for her, to a desolate existence at an orphanage and then shuttered from one family to the next before her fateful journey to Prince Edward Island and a loving home at Green Gables. Her adult life follows her through a marriage to boy-next-door, Gilbert Blythe and her search for him as a medical doctor on the battlefields of Europe, to her final journey as a playwright and an author.
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This website is dedicated to exploring the many facets of Anne’s world and her character, as well as providing insights into how Kevin Sullivan created his several film adaptations and turned Anne of Green Gables into an enduring classic.
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Sullivan has won hundreds of international awards, including three Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award for outstanding contribution to television, a Prix Jeunesse Award and several Gemini and Cable-Ace awards.