Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story is a four-hour television miniseries from Sullivan Entertainment that first aired on 5–6 March 2000 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Directed by Stefan Scaini and written by Kevin Sullivan and Laurie Pearson, the miniseries extends the story begun in two previous miniseries from Sullivan Entertainment, Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987). Trudy Grant and Kevin Sullivan were the executive producers.

The principal cast included Megan Follows (Anne Shirley), Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe), Schuyler Grant (Diana Wright), Greg Spottiswood (Fred Wright), Janet Laine Green (Maude Montrose), Shannon Lawson (Elsie James), Victoria Snow (Margaret Bush), Patricia Hamilton (Rachel Lynde), Douglas Campbell (Dr. Powell), Martha Henry (Kit Garrison), Nigel Bennett (Fergus Keegan), Colette Stevenson (Mrs. Findlay), and Cameron Daddo (Jack Garrison).

In April 1998, eleven years after both Kevin Sullivan and Megan Follows vowed publicly there would never be another Anne of Green Gables miniseries, Sullivan Entertainment announced plans to produce Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, an original miniseries set in 1915, supposedly five years after the events depicted in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. After teaching in Halifax for five years, Anne Shirley returns to Avonlea for the first time since Marilla’s death. She is reunited with her old friend Diana Barry Wright, who is sure their lives will be “just like old times.” In time, of course, the characters become increasingly affected by the war raging in Europe, and eventually Gilbert Blythe, now a young surgeon, decides to enlist in the war effort. When he is declared “missing in action,” Anne decides to search for her husband in Europe rather than wait for him patiently at Green Gables. As Anne travels to France, England, Belgium, and Germany (all filmed in Montreal and outside Toronto) in search of her missing husband, she becomes drawn deeper into underground efforts to end the war, to the point that the film becomes MacGyver of Green Gables.

Although more than 2.3 million Canadians tuned in for this anticipated miniseries, a number of complaints arose from readers and viewers alike, claiming that this last film broke thematic continuity with both Montgomery’s original novels and even with Sullivan Entertainment’s previous work. The film was nominated for four Gemini Awards, including Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (Follows).

Merchandise

DVD

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. Sullivan Entertainment’s. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, [2001].*

Home Video

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. Sullivan Entertainment Presents. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, [2000].*

Soundtrack

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story: The Original Soundtrack. Sullivan Entertainment Presents. Music Composed and Conducted by Peter Breiner. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, [2001].*

1. Main Theme (1:54)
2. Anne & Diana Together Again (0:27)
3. Anne Travels Through P.E.I. (1:02)
4. First Sight Of Green Gables (1:08)
5. Green Gables Broken Down (0:30)
6. Diana Prepares For Anne’s Wedding (1:23)
7. Anne’s Past (2:05)
8. Anne Wants Green Gables Back (0:36)
9. Anne And Gil Decide To Marry (1:24)
10. Anne Loves Gil Wickedly (1:16)
11. Anne & Gil Leave For N.Y. (1:30)
12. Anne Enters Winfield Publicity (0:26)
13. Anne Meets Jack (0:15)
14. Anne Approaches Jack’s Room (1:43)
15. Jack Reveals His Admiration (0:44)
16. Jack Is In Love (0:45)
17. Anne Tries To Leave (0:20)
18. Jack Climbs Wall (2:03)
19. Kit’s Party (0:43)
20. Jack Criticizes Anne (0:36)
21. Anne Trips Up (0:47)
22. Gil Supports Anne (2:00)
23. Let’s Go Back (1:17)
24. Gil & Anne Return To P.E.I. (0:49)
25. Gilbert Buys Green Gables (1:11)
26. All The Old Memories (1:08)
27. This Is My House (1:07)
28. Anne & Gil (0:50)
29. Call To War (1:09)
30. Diana And Gil React To War (1:23)
31. Anne Says Goodbye At The Train Station (1:33)
32. Anne’s Teacher Assignment (0:35)
33. Anne Decides To Leave (1:05)
34. Anne Loses Gil At Field Hospital (0:27)
35. Disaster At Ban-Le-Duc (1:10)
36. Jack in Danger (0:32)
37. Anne Promises Jack (0:36)
38. Anne Finds A Clue (0:35)
39. Maud Makes Arrangements With Anne (0:28)
40. Jack Implores Anne (0:28)
41. Jack Reveals His Plan (0:35)
42. Anne Won’t Give Up Gil (1:01)
43. Anne Finds Gil’s Dog Tags (0:36)
44. Anne Hides Dominic (0:34)
45. Anne Is Being Followed (0:38)
46. Anne Is Lost In The War Zone (1:52)
47. Jack Finds Dominic (0:45)
48. Kit Garrison’s Chateau (0:56)
49. Jack & Anne Search For Gil (1:06)
50. Anne & Jack Storm The German City (1:45)
51. Jack’s Amistice [sic] Plan (1:34)
52. Anne Reunited With Gil (1:33)
53. Anne Confesses To Jack (1:02)
54. Anne & Jack Say Goodbye (2:04)
55. Jack Is Killed (1:08)
56. Anne & Gil Search For Dominic (0:49)
57. Anne Goes To Station (0:36)
58. Dominic (0:22)
59. Anne & Diana Return (0:36)
60. Anne & Gil Give Up Green Gables (1:22)

Further Reading

Allemang, John. “Anne of Green Gables plays tinker, tailor, soldier, spy.” Globe and Mail, 3 March 2000, R6.

Atherton, Tony. “Anne, again.” Ottawa Citizen, 26 February 2000.

Brioux, Bill. “Anne Goes to War.” Edmonton Sun, 5 March 2000, TV5.

Cole, Stephen. “Another helping of Green Gables.” National Post, 2 March 2000, B4.

Dawson, Catherine. “The Story Continues…” TV Guide, 4 March 2000, 14-17.

Dickson, Kevin. “The Good the Bad, and the Ugly.” TV Guide, 17 June 2000, 14-19.

King, Susan. “Returning to Green Gables: It’s Not 90210.” Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2000, F6.

Kohanik, Eric. “A grand finale.” TV Times, 4 March 2000, 4.

Mason, M.S. “Anne of Green Gables Marches Off to War.” Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2000, 17.

McKay, John. “Anne of Green Gables all grown up.” Chronicle-Herald, 3 March 2000, A8.

McLeod, Tyler. “Megan Follows Anne.” Calgary Sun, 5 March 2000.

“Sullivan Entertainment—Background.” Press release. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, 1995.

Salamon, Julie. “Anne Faces a Messy World Far from Green Gables.” New York Times, 22 July 2000, B7+.

Volmers, Eric. “Anne comes home to Westfield.” Cambridge Reporter, 2 March 2000, B1.

Wheeler, Carolynne. “There are some stories you just shouldn’t mess with.” Hamilton Spectator, 10 March 2000, A02.

Credits

Opening Credits

A KEVIN SULLIVAN PRODUCTION

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE CONTINUING STORY

MEGAN FOLLOWS [Anne Shirley]

JONATHAN CROMBIE [Gilbert Blythe]

SCHUYLER GRANT [Diana Wright]

GREG SPOTTISWOOD [Fred Wright]

JANET LAINE GREEN [Maude Montrose]

SHANNON LAWSON [Elsie James]
VICTORIA SNOW [Margaret Bush]

PATRICIA HAMILTON [Rachel Lynde]
DOUGLAS CAMPBELL [Dr. Powell]
MARTHA HENRY [Kit Garrison]

NIGEL BENNETT [Fergus Keegan]
COLETTE STEVENSON [Mrs. Findlay]

and CAMERON DADDO as Jack Garrison

Production Designer: ARTHUR HERRIOTT
Director of Photography: BOB SAAD
Costume Designer: RUTH SECORD
Casting Director: MARIA ARMSTRONG, c.d.c.
Music Composed and Conducted by: PETER BREINER
Edited by MAIRIN WILKINSON
Executive Producers: TRUDY GRANT, KEVIN SULLIVAN
Executive in Charge of Production: RAY SAGER
Written by KEVIN SULLIVAN and LAURIE PEARSON
Directed by STEFAN SCAINI

Ending Credits

Anne Shirley: MEGAN FOLLOWS
Gilbert Blythe: JONATHAN CROMBIE
Diana Wright: SCHUYLER GRANT
Rachel Lynde: PATRICIA HAMILTON
Fred Wright: GREG SPOTTISWOOD
Jack Garrison: CAMERON DADDO
Dr. Powell: DOUGLAS CAMPBELL
Maude Montrose: JANET LAINE GREEN
Kit Garrison: MARTHA HENRY
Palmer Winfield: BARRY MORSE
Walter Owen: DAN LETT
Fergus Keegan: NIGEL BENNETT
Mr. Dodd: DAVID GARDNER
Mrs. Dodd: JILL FRAPPIER
Reverend Morgan: R.D. REID
Moody Spurgeon: ZACK WARD
Josie Pye: MIRANDA de PENCIER
Ginny Andrews: DALENE IRVINE
Female V.A.D.: MAGGIE HUCULAK
Colette: SONIA LaPLANTE
V.A.D. Driver: ROBYN STEVAN
Field Nurse: BRENDA ROBINS
Nurse Tilda: KATE HEMBLEN
Mrs. Findlay: COLETTE STEVENSON
Brian Findlay: ANDREW DINNER
Elsie James: SHANNON LAWSON
Margaret Bush: VICTORIA SNOW
Diana’s Driver: BILLY PARROTT
Disheveled Woman: KYRA HARPER
Fred Jr.: MICHAEL CAMERON
Winfield Receptionist: BRAD AUSTIN
Mrs. Tweed: TONI ELLWAND
Mr. Tweed: PETER GRAHAM
Front Desk Nurse: LISA MESSINGER
Bellevue Matron: DIANE DOUGLAS
Belmont Clerk: ART KITCHING
Mr. Chambers: DAVID CLEMENT
Red Cross Woman 1: MEREDITH McGEACHIE
Dr. Stuart: GORDON JOCELYN
Mrs. Barry: ROSEMARY RADCLIFFE
Red Cross Woman 2: ALEXA GILMOUR
Canadian Captain: DOUG SAMUELS
Canadian Soldier 2: CHAZ THORNE
Canadian Lieutenant: PATRICK McMANUS
Neufchateau Priest: FRANÇOIS KLANFER
Cockney Driver: CARLO ROTA
Boulogne Doctor: NEIL GIRVAN
Embassy Clerk: MATTHEW EDDISON
Red Cross Official: NANCY KEE
Canadian Embassy Clerk: RICHARD McMILLAN
Journalist 1: KEVIN HARE
Journalist 2: BRENDAN WALL
Officer Findlay: SCOTT MAUDSLEY
Chauffeur: JASON NOEL
Middle Aged Lady: DONNA GOODHAND
Le Havre Guard: FRANÇOIS BYRON
French Soldier: OLIVER L’ECUYER
Park Speaker: STEVE ZIRNIS
Jack’s Associate: PAUL EVES
LaCapelle Soldier: NORMAND BISSONNETTE
Solicitor: TIMM ZEMANEK
Peasant Farmer: PETER LANGLEY
Senior Surgeon: ROBERT BIDAMAN
Canadian Soldier: DARRIN BROWN

Produced with the participation of the
CANADA TELEVISION FUND
created by the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
and the CANADIAN CABLE INDUSTRY

Telefilm Canada – Equity Investment Program
CTF – Licence Fee Program

and with the assistance of the Government of Canada
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program

Production Manager: LYNN MALLAY
1st Assistant Director: LIBBY HODGSON
2nd Assistant Director: RICK KUSH

Location Managers (Toronto): DAN MATTHEWS
(Montreal): ALAIN DAHAN
Asst. Location Manager: NEIL ANDERSON
Script Supervisor: DAWN SOROKOLIT
Art Directors: ANDREE BRODEUR, ALTA LOUISE DOYLE
3rd Assistant Director: ELIZABETH MORAN
Set Decorators (Toronto): MICHAEL MULLINS
(Montreal): CAMILLE PARE, NICOLAS LePAGE
Assistant Set Decorator: CHERYL JUNKIN
Property Master: TANYA LEMKE
Assistant Props (Toronto): BEVERLY FARRIS
(Montreal): DANIEL JUNEAU
Wagon Handler: CHARLES TAYLOR
Medical Consultant: DUNCAN ROBERTS
Key Make-Up: LYNDA McCORMACK
Asst. Make-Up (Toronto): CATHERINE VIOT
(Montreal): LARYS CHERNIENKO
Key Hair Stylist: PAM ROBERTS
Assistant Hair (Toronto): PATRICIA MEDINA
(Montreal): MICHELLE COTE
Asst. Wardrobe Designers: KIM CHILD, PATRICIA BOULDEN
On Set Supervisor: CAROL COSTELLO
Main Wardrobe Trade: SHEILA FITZPATRICK
On Set Dresser: FRANCES CABEZAS-MILLER
On Set Extras Supervisor: LILY PRYZWARA
Costume Dresser (Montreal): JOCELINE CHARETTE
Production Accountant: TOM DI BLASIO
Assistant Accountant: SIOBHAN CHAMBERS
Payroll Accountant: ANNE JURENAS-POLYAK
Production Co-ordinators (Toronto): KEITH REDMOND
(Montreal): JACQUELINE DINSMORE, STEPHANUE JUANEDA
Asst. Production Co-ordinators (Toronto): NANCY JACKSON
(Montreal): HAIDEE LeFEBVRE
3rd Assistant Directors (Toronto): CATHERINE WALLACE, DARREN BROWN, CHRIS BAILLIE
(Montreal): JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUPLET
Camera Operator: HENRI FIKS
1st Assistant Camera/Focus Puller: TED OVERTON
2nd Assistant Camera/Loader: TARA YATES
Camera Trainees: JUAN BALMACEDA, CHRIS WEISS
Additional Camera: PAUL VAN DER LINDEN, ROBBI HINDS
Stunt Co-ordinators: SHELLY COOK, DWAYNE McLEAN
Animal Wrangler: RICK PARKER
Horse & Buggy Wrangler (Montreal): PETE WHITE
Sound Recordist: PAUL SIMPSON
Boom Operator: DAVID HORTON
Gaffer: MIKE AUGER
Best Boy: CHRIS TAKACS
Dolly Grip: STEWART GRAYBURN
Grip: CHRIS WILSON
Construction Co-ordinator: DWIGHT DOERKSEN
Head Carpenter: ROGER GELFAND
Head Painter: LEANDRO ILLESCAS
Transportation Co-ordinator: TONY BIFANO
Transport Captain: BRAD BELL
Head Driver: ROGER BOWDEN
Casting Associate: CATHERINE FOGARTY
Extras Casting (Toronto): SARA CUTHBERT
(Montreal): GINETTE DAMICO
Caterers: CAPERS CATERING ON LOCATION, ABSOLUTELY FAMISHED
Craft Services: STARCRAFT SERVICE
Visual Effects Supervisor: TONY WILLIS
Visual Effects Artist: ALEX BOOTHBY
Visual Effects Co-ordinator: BEN WILKINSON
SFX Co-ordinator: MARIANNE KLEIN
SFX Key: FRANK CARRERA
Special Effects (Montreal): RYAN COSGROVE
Post Production Supervisor: MAIRIN WILKINSON
1st Assistant Picture Editor: JENNIFER ESSEX
Post Production Co-ordinator: JANE HUMPHREYS
Post Production Assistant: JOHN VU
Sound Effects Design: MARK BECK
Dialogue Editor: JONAS KUHNEMANN
Assistant Sound Editor: DANIELLE McBRIDE
Foley Artist: STEVE HAMMOND
Foley Recordist: JOHN BRACCO
ADR Recordist: ALAN DeGRAAF
Lead Mixer: MIKE BASKERVILLE
Sound Mixer: JAMIE SULEK
On-Line Editor: BERNIE CLAYTON
Colourist: LORRAINE GRANT
Dailies Transfer: MIKE DOBROSKI
Publicists: BETTY MICHALYSHYN, SUE BALDERO

Production Services provided by
SULLIVAN ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Grip, Electric & Camera Equipment Supplied by
WILLIAM F. WHITE LIMITED

The Production Gratefully Acknowledges
MAJOR IAN DAVIDSON NEWBY
MEDALLION • PFA FILM & VIDEO

The characters and incidents portrayed in
this motion picture are entirely fictitious.
Any resemblance to any person living
or dead is entirely coincidental.

Produced by
ANNE III PRODUCTIONS INC.

Produced in association with
THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

© 1999 ANNE III PRODUCTIONS INC.