“Working with Colleen, as I did on Anne of Green Gables and number of other projects , was like entering a privileged world of honesty and humor.” – Kevin Sullivan
In Colleen Dewhurst’s autobiography, there is a segment in which Kevin Sullivan wrote about his experience with the talented actress and what having her play Marilla meant to him.
The search for the right actor to play Gilbert Blythe – a character that many consider to be the epitome of the perfect man – was crucial to the success of Anne of Green Gables. He had to have the right chemistry with Megan Follows, as well as hold his own among the many veteran actors in the film, such as Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.
“From the moment the camera touches Mr. Farnsworth’s face you know everything about him and you love him.” – Colleen Dewhurst
In honour of Father’s Day, we decided to take a look at perhaps the most moving portrayal of fatherhood in the many Sullivan series.
When Anne and Diana arrive at Josephine Barry’s house it is the first time that Anne is truly stepping into grandeur. Never before had she been exposed to such richness, as well as city life. Here is a look at the filming location that the Sullivan team thought would best inspire Anne’s awakening to this new lifestyle.
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.