Behind The Scenes

  • Megan Follows Audition Tape

    Watch Megan Follows’ audition for Anne of Green Gables. Kevin Sullivan searched far and wide to find the perfect leading lady to play Anne. He launched a cross-Canada search for the right actress, auditioning over 3,000 girls across the country. He decided on Megan Follows, a 16 year old actress from Toronto. After several grueling auditions, she ultimately stole the role. Follows was the perfect Anne.

  • An Interview With Wardrobe Designer Martha Mann

    Costume designer Martha Mann created the costumes for the first two films and the fourth film. In this interview she candidly discusses her experience on those sets and reminisces about working with Megan Follows, Jonathan Crombie, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth and Patricia Hamilton.

  • Staging the Green Hair Kitchen Scene

    We dug through our Anne archives to find a behind-the-scenes clip of one of the most memorable scenes from the film. Anne fans will love watching director Kevin Sullivan blocking the scene with Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth.

  • Marilla Cuthbert Uncut

    In this behind-the-scenes video of Colleen Dewhurst she discusses her character on the set of Anne of Green Gables and how she initially became involved in the project.

  • Kevin Sullivan Talks about Anne The Sequel

    Kevin talks about why he made Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, what influenced him to create new characters and which aspects of the original books he used to create a new story. In particular, he discusses his experience working with Wendy Hiller and Frank Converse.

  • Jonathan Crombie on The Continuing Story

    In this press junket interview for the third film Anne of Green Gables: A Continuing Story (2000) Jonathan Crombie talks about developing the role of Gilbert Blythe and how his methods and portrayal of the character evolved throughout the three films. Crombie opens up about becoming the iconic boy next door and love interest to Megan Follows’ Anne Shirley.

  • Jonathan Crombie: Gilbert & Anne’s Relationship

    In this original behind-the-scenes footage from Anne of Green Gables (1985) a young Jonathan Crombie discusses his approach to the complexity and tenderness of Gilbert & Anne’s relationship. He also talks about his thoughts on the role and how he tackled that infamous slate over the head scene!

  • Richard Farnsworth on the set of Anne of Green Gables

    Richard Farnsworth, who plays Matthew in Anne of Green Gables, gives an interview about how it was to have a role in the epic Canadian production. Richard’s shy charm exudes during the interview; even when he isn’t in character.

  • Anne: Searching for a Beginning

    This behind-the-scenes video explains how Kevin developed the story line for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning and his intentions in giving Anne fans a prequel to his already famous films.

  • Anne: Kevin Sullivan Interview 1/3

    Kevin Sullivan talks about making the Anne of Green Gables movies.

  • Anne: Kevin Sullivan Interview 2/3

    Kevin Sullivan talks about making the Anne of Green Gables movies.

  • Anne: Kevin Sullivan Interview 3/3

    Kevin Sullivan talks about that casting calls for Anne and Diana for Anne of Green Gables.

  • Shirley MacLaine as Amelia Thomas in A New Beginning

    Screen legend Shirley MacLaine plays the role of Amelia Thomas in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. Amelia is a strong business-woman who comes to befriend the young Anne Shirley.

  • Barbara Hershey as Anne Shirley

    An interview with Barbara Hershey about playing the title character in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. Hershey discusses her approach to acting and techniques for giving many outstanding performances over the course of her career.

  • Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Anne Shirley

    In this interview Hannah Endicott-Douglas talks about being cast in such a famous role for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. She talks about the rigorous audition process she went through to get the role, and what it was like working with both the director and the other big name stars.

  • Pat Hamilton on Rachel Lynde

    Pat Hamilton sits down to discuss two decades of playing Rachel Lynde and the importance of Anne of Green Gables being portrayed on film for Canadian audiences.

  • Megan Follows Interprets Anne Shirley

    In this interview Megan Follows talks about playing the title character in the Anne of Green Gables miniseries. She became iconic in her role, and captured the spunk and honesty of the character L.M Montgomery had written.

  • For an in depth journey through the making of the Anne films look inside the Blu-ray Collectors Edition

The Costumes

  • Anne of Green Gables (1985)

    Colleen Dewhurst Plays Marilla Cuthbert

    ★ Costume Designer Martha Mann constructed clothes with fabric placed inside out to help achieve a worn faded look as in this blouse worn by Dewhurst

    ★ Mann had this sweater handknit for Colleen Dewhurst

  • Anne of Green Gables:
    The Sequel (1987)

    Megan Follow Plays Anne Shirley

    ★ Toronto stage and wardrobe designer Martha Mann created the costumers for the first two films and the fourth film.

    ★ Mann's design for Anne the Sequel took Megan Follows from being a child to a young ingenue.

  • Anne of Green Gables:
    A New Beginning (2009)

    Joan Gregson Plays Hepzibah Leach

    ★ Mann's genius was the amount of research she did to perfect every character's lineup of clothes.

  • Anne of Green Gables:
    The Sequel (1987)

    Schuyler Grant Plays Diana Barry

    ★ Diana's light pink gown with white lace famously known as her “Honeymoon dress" has Gigot sleeves. The bodice and neckline are lined with a long string of white pearls.

  • Anne of Green Gables:
    The Sequel (1987)

    ★ Martha Mann worked with Cosprop's London design firm to round out many of her wardrobe.

    ★ Cosprop is famous for supplying period costumes to many of the Merchant Ivory films such as Howard's End and Room with A View.

  • Anne of Green Gables (1985)

    Charmion King plays Aunt Josephine

    ★ Mann's clothing designs were based on each character's breakdown.

    ★ She also influenced hair design and came up with a wig for Actress Charmion King that matched her ferocity as a character.

"- The period costumes of the Anne films are recognized for their authenticity and intricacy. Martha Mann, the costume designer for the first two films, set an ambitious precedent for the series."

Why These Costumes Matter?

All of Anne Shirley and Marilla Cuthbert‘s costumes were original pieces, constructed specifically for the first film. Mann was faithful to Edwardian styles, right down to the petticoats, furbelows, corsets and more. Ruth Secord took the reigns as costume designer for Anne: The Continuing Story, but stayed true to Mann’s initial vision. Secord used both items that were made specifically for the film, and authentic vintage pieces. Gilbert Blythe‘s costume, for instance, was a genuine medical uniform from the First World War.

Who is Martha Mann?

Martha Mann returned as costume designer for Anne: A New Beginning, in order to recreate the tonality of the wardrobe established in the initial trilogy. Mann’s wonderful sense of style and creativity allowed her to craft not only many original designs, but to locate genuine period clothes, and pull many items from stock to create an accurate and rich palette which would accentuate the story. Thanks to the efforts of Mann and Secord, the lush, visually stimulating costuming of these films will continue to impress for generations to come.

Set Design

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How'd We Design Two Time Periods?

In order to authentically portray two very distinct periods in Anne of Green Gables—A New Beginning, every set was extensively researched and painstakingly recreated by the Production Designer, Ray Lorenz. Every subtle detail of color, texture and lighting needed to reproduce a visual sweep in time spanning the late 1890’s to the mid 1940’s, where both of Anne’s stories take place. The set design team examined and took into account the differences in trends, resources, technology and historical advancements that shaped each time period in order to assemble and create each required backdrop and setting. The team also had the challenge of recreating the original sets that were used and made iconic in the Anne of Green Gables trilogy; requiring extremely accurate attention to every pre-existing detail; such as the interiors of Green Gables.

Where Did This All Happen?

Many of the film’s sets were staged and constructed at the Sullivan Studio and Backlot in Toronto, giving the Production Design team a blank canvas to create their vision of the engaging time period of Anne’s youth. Although the film employed a mixture of sets, actual location photography and “blue and green-screen” CGI technology, each visual backdrop had the task of bringing to life two unique eras in history as seamlessly as if the entire film had been shot on location in a real world that sadly no longer exists.

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