From Book to Screen
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. The first of the films, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ was originally developed as a TV mini-series, showing on CBC, PBS and The Disney Channel in 1985. In 1987, Producer and Director Kevin Sullivan reunited much of the original case and created ‘Anne of Avonlea’, based loosely on Montgomery’s sequel novels: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars.
The third instalment, ‘Anne of Green Gables: the Continuing Story’ was created in 1998. This completely original story, penned by Sullivan, aimed to bring Anne into a time frame and story line that had been developed over the 91 episodes of spin off series, ‘Road to Avonlea’. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Montgomery’s original novel, the final film ‘Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning’, was both a prequel and sequel to the original series, released in 2009.