Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)

Country: Canada

Language: English

Runtime: 2 episodes x 125 min. or 4 episodes x 55 min.

Airdates: 19, 26 May, 2, 9 June 1987 (Disney Channel), 6–7 December 1987 (CBC), 5, 12 March 1988 (PBS), 30–31 December 1989 (Channel 4)

Production Companies: Sullivan Films Inc. (Anne of Green Gables II Productions [1986] Inc.), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Disney Channel, PBS/Wonderworks, Channel 4

Funding Agencies: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Telefilm Canada

Producer/Writer/Director: Kevin Sullivan

Executive Producers: Trudy Grant, Kevin Sullivan

Source Material: Based on the novels Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Alternate Titles: Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables (Disney Channel broadcast); Anne of Avonlea (Walt Disney Home Video); Anne… La Maison aux pignons verts: La suite (French Canada)

Tag: A Kevin Sullivan Production

Principal Cast: Megan Follows (Anne Shirley), Colleen Dewhurst (Marilla Cuthbert), Dame Wendy Hiller (Mrs. Harris), Patricia Hamilton (Rachel Lynde), Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe), Marilyn Lightstone (Miss Stacey), Schuyler Grant (Diana Barry), Rosemary Dunsmore (Katherine Brooke), Kate Lynch (Pauline Harris), Frank Converse (Morgan Harris)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092571/

In this sequel to Kevin Sullivan’s critically and commercially successful 1985 miniseries, Sullivan adapts selected plot threads from three subsequent Montgomery texts into a thematically fitting follow-up story. Sullivan justified such a creative decision by claiming the “book sequels weren’t of value as single films” (Wesley 8 ) and that, compared to Montgomery’s novels Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and Anne of Windy Poplars, “those who have seen [the film] like it better” (“TV Talkback” S14). After teaching at the Avonlea Public School for two years, eighteen-year-old Anne decides to leave Avonlea after she is offered a teaching position at Kingsport Ladies College in New Brunswick. Rejecting Gilbert’s marriage proposal on the belief that she has not yet experienced true love, Anne becomes infatuated with Morgan Harris, the father of her pet pupil, but realizes she has outgrown her childhood fantasy of chivalric romance. When she hears Gilbert is deathly ill, she realizes her love for him and they agree to marry as soon as Gilbert completes his medical studies at Dalhousie University in three years.

Sullivan’s decision to enlist two American broadcasters (Disney Channel and PBS) is curious, given that the Disney Channel changed the title of the film to Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables. Although both the Disney Channel and PBS had joint broadcasting windows in the United States, the film is most commonly known to American audiences (and available to them from Walt Disney Home Video) as Anne of Avonlea. The film earned six Gemini Awards (including Best Dramatic Miniseries), two CableAce Awards, and numerous other international awards and accolades. At the time of its release in Canada, Sullivan announced that this Anne film would be the last (Wesley 8).

DVD (English)

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. Sullivan Entertainment’s. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, [2000].* [Includes behind-the-scenes photographs, missing scenes, director’s commentary, and miscellaneous materials. Has been reissued since.]

Anne of Green Gables: Five-Disc Collector’s Edition. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, [2006].

Home Video (English)

Anne of Avonlea. Walt Disney Home Video and Wonderworks Present A Kevin Sullivan Film. Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Home Video, n.d.*

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. A Kevin Sullivan Production. Toronto: Nova Home Video, n.d.*

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. Sullivan Entertainment Presents. Toronto: Sullivan Releasing, [1996].*

Home Video (French)

Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts: La suite. Une production de Kevin Sullivan. Toronto: Nova Home Video, n.d.*

Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts: La suite. Sullivan Entertainment présente. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, n.d.*

Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts. 4 volumes. Montréal: Imavision Distribution, [2000]. [Volume 1: Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts, episodes 1 and 2; Volume 2: Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts, episodes 3 and 4; Volume 3: Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts, La suite, episodes 1 and 2; Volume 4: Anne…La Maison aux pignons verts: La suite, episodes 3, 4, and 5.]

Soundtrack

Anne. Original Music Score for the Sullivan Films Emmy Award Winning TV Presentation of Anne of Green Gables [and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel]. Composed and Conducted by Hagood Hardy. Toronto: Attic Records, n.d. [Issued first as a cassette, then later as a CD.]

Further Reading

See scholarship and trade publications by Sid Adilman, Jim Bawden, Megan Follows, Trinna S. Frever, Brian D. Johnson, Eleanor Hersey, Ann F. Howey, Henry Mietkiewicz, K.L. Poe, David Wesley, and Genevieve Wiggins.

Credits

Opening Credits

A KEVIN SULLIVAN PRODUCTION

MEGAN FOLLOWS [Anne Shirley]

COLLEEN DEWHURST [Marilla Cuthbert]

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: THE SEQUEL

With
PATRICIA HAMILTON [Rachel Lynde]
JONATHAN CROMBIE [Gilbert Blythe]

MARILYN LIGHTSTONE [Miss Stacey]
SCHUYLER GRANT [Diana Barry]

ROSEMARY DUNSMORE [Katherine Brooke]
KATE LYNCH [Pauline Harris]

And FRANK CONVERSE as Morgan Harris

Special Guest Star: DAME WENDY HILLER as Mrs. Harris

Director of Photography: MARC CHAMPION
Art Direction: SUSAN LONGMIRE
Costume Design: MARTHA MANN
Casting: DIANE POLLEY, ANN TAIT

Based on the novels
“ANNE OF AVONLEA”
“ANNE OF THE ISLAND”
and
“ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS”
by
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY

Executives in Charge of Production
for Wonderworks: JAY RAYVID
for Disney Channel: CATHY JOHNSON
for CBC: NADA HARCOURT

Executive Producers: TRUDY GRANT, KEVIN SULLIVAN
Line Producer: DUANE HOWARD
Edited by MAIRIN WILKINSON, JAMES LAHTI
Music Composed and Conducted by HAGOORD HARDY
Produced, Written and Directed by KEVIN SULLIVAN

Ending Credits

Anne Shirley: MEGAN FOLLOWS
Marilla Cuthbert: COLLEEN DEWHURST
Mrs. Harris: DAME WENDY HILLER
Morgan Harris: FRANK CONVERSE
Gilbert Blythe: JONATHAN CROMBIE
Rachel Lynde: PATRICIA HAMILTON
Miss Stacey: MARILYN LIGHTSTONE
Diana Barry: SCHUYLER GRANT
Katherine Brooke: ROSEMARY DUNSMORE
Pauline Harris: KATE LYNCH
Emmeline Harris: GENEVIEVE APPLETON
Jen Pringle: SUSANNAH HOFFMAN
Essie: KATHRYN TRAINOR
Mrs. Barry: ROSEMARY RADCLIFFE
Aunt Josephine Barry: CHARMION KING
Mr. Barry: ROBERT COLLINS
Minnie May Barry: MORGAN CHAPMAN
Alice Lawson: MAG RUFFMAN
Mr. Lawson: LES CARLSON
Mrs. Harrison: JACQUELINE BLAIS
Mabel Sloane: KAY HAWTREY
Fred Wright: BRUCE McCULLOUGH
Mrs. Boulter: ANNA FERGUSON
Josie Pye: MIRANDA de PENCIER
Moody Spurgeon: ZACK WARD
John Blythe: DAVID FOX
Thomas Lynde: DAVID HUGHES
Jane Andrews: TRISH NETTLETON
Harry Inglis: ROD HEFFERNAN
Ruby Gillis: JENNIFER INCH
Christine Stuart: SHEILA HARCOURT
Soprano at Wedding: ARLENE MEADOWS
Tillie Boulter: BRIGIT WILSON
Anthony Pye: IAN HEATH
Tommy Bell: FRASER CHAPMAN
Mr. Pye: JAMES O’REGAN
Avonlea Townswoman: PATTY CARROLL BROWN
Avonlea Townsman: CHICK ROBERTS
Jerry Buote: MARTIN DONLEVY
Mrs. Tom Pringle: NUALA FITZGERALD
Mrs. James Pringle: MEG HOGARTH
Mrs. Walter Pringle: CAROLYN HEATHERINGTON
Mrs. John Pringle: LYNNE GORMAN
Mrs. Albert Pringle: MAXINE MILLER
Mr. Pringle: ROBERT GALBRAITH
Myra Pringle: MOLLY MacNEIL
Hattie Pringle: FIONA McGILLIVRAY
Jimsie Pringle: JUNO MILLS-COCKELL
KLC Girl: AUTUMN SMITH
Lewis Allen: DAVID FOLEY
Minister: MICHAEL FLETCHER
Miss Kerr: LOUISE NICOL
Miss MacKay: INGRID BAUER
Mr. McTavish: FRED BOOKER
Alex McGuiness: CHARLES JOLIFFE
Maid at Mrs. Pringle’s: JANICE BRYAN
Maids at Maplehurst: DORA DAINTON, GLADYS O’CONNOR
Isaac Kent: JOE FRANKLIN
Elvira Evans: GLORI GAGE
Gossips at Ball: MARILYN BOYLE, ARABY LOCKHART
Cab Driver: LIONEL PURCELL
Wagon Driver: BLAIR PURCELL
Shephard: RICHARD CRYER
Diana’s Baby: HUDSON SULLIVAN

Production Manager: DAVID SHEPHERD
Set Decoration: CHRISTINE MacLEAN
Hair Design: JUDI COOPER-SEALY
Make-up Design: LINDA PRESTON

Unit/Location Manager: SHERRY COHEN
1st Assistant Director: DAVID McAREE
2nd Assistant Director: DON BROUGH
3rd Assistant Director: MYRON HOFFERT
Trainee Asst. Director: CHRIS BALL
Script Supervisor: KATHRYN BUCK
Production Co-ordinator: THERESE PAQUETTE
Production Secretary: BRIAN PARKER
Production Assistants: XAVIER VILLADA, PAULA FLECK
Publicity: ANN McROBERTS & ASSOCIATES
1st Assistant Camera: PHILLIPPE CHAMPION
2nd Assistant Camera: CHRIS THOMPSON
Camera Trainees: PHIL ANDERSON, ANNE STRANGE
Stills Photographer: MICHAELIN McDERMOTT
2nd Unit Photography: ROBIN MILLER, PHILIP EARNSHAW, BARRY BERGTHORSON
Steadicam: BOB CRONE
Assistant Set Decorator: JANE MANCHEE
2nd Asst. Set Decorators: TOM REID, TED WHELAN
Props Master: ED HANNA
Assistant Props: LEE WILDGEN
Construction Manager: JOHN BANKSONE
Head Wardrobe Co-ord.: SHERRY McMORRAN
Wardrobe Mistress: MAGGIE THOMAS
Wardrobe Assistants: JULIE JONES, ANITA SIMARD, KIM SISSON, MARGARET FORSYTH, EVA RICHTER
Wardrobe Construction: ISABELLE KACZMAREK
Assistant Makeup: JENNY BENNICKE, IVAN LYNCH
Make-up: DONALD MOWAT
Location Sound Recording: STUART FRENCH
Boom Operator: ALAN SCARTH
Gaffer: ROGER BATE
Best Boy: DAVID FISHER
Generator Operator: GEOFFREY WILKINSON
Electrician: THOMAS BATE
Key Grip: MARK SILVER
3rd Grip: JOHN WESTERLAKEN
Transportation Co-ord.: DAVID CHUDNOVSKY
Driver Captains: JEROME McCANN, TOM PINTERIE
Production Accountant: SHIRLEY GRAINGER
Special Effects: LAIRD McMURRAY
Stunt Co-ordination: THE STUNT TEAM
Extras Casting: ROSE LEWIS
Livestock & Period Vehicles: LIONEL PURCELL
Caterers: MARVIN HALPERT CATERING
Assistant Picture Editor: BEN WILKINSON
ADR Editor: JEREMY McLAVERTY
ADR Assistant Editor: DONNA POWELL
Foley Artist: REID ATHERTON
Foley Assistants: BONNIE SHARRATT, MHAIRI KERR
Sound Mixers: WALLY WEAVER, DANIEL PELLERIN
Colourists: LORRAINE GRANT, BRIAN LOVERT
On-Line Editor: BERNIE CLAYTON
Timing: LES BORI, KIM KRAUSE
Neg Cutting: BARBARA JOHNSTON
Wardrobe Services by COSPROP, LONDON, ENGLAND

Prince Edward Island Unit

Location Manager: BRIAN RAMSAY
Wardrobe Dressers: KRISTA WELLS, SHARON PRETTY
Production Assistants: TIM WOOLNER, RANDY McANDREW, WENDY ADER
Transport Captain: GEORGE BROOKINS
Camera Assistant: STUART SHIKATANI
Grip: GREG PALERMO

Production Services provided by
SULLIVAN FILMS, INC.

Post Production Facilities
PFA LABORATORIES

Filmed on location at
PENRYN PARK, PORT HOPE, SOUTHERN ONTARIO
and
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA

The Production Gratefully Acknowledges
THE CITY OF HAMILTON, ONTARIO
for use of DUNDURNCASTLE & WHITEHERN
HAMILTON HISTORICAL SITES
THE HAMILTON REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
at WOODEND
MUNICIPALITY OF WATERLOO through its
HISTORICAL SITES DEVELOPMENT
in permitting the use of
DOON HERITAGE CROSSROADS
THE TOWN OF WHITEVALE
EMMANUEL COLLEGE
BRUCE’S MILL CONSERVATION AREA
SIMCOE COUNTY MUSEUM
THE ONTARIO FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
& THE CITY OF TORONTO FILM LIAISON OFFICE
THE SALEM AND HILLSBOROUGH RAILWAY,
NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
DALVAY BY THE SEA & PARKS CANADA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
VIDEO ATLANTIC INC.
SECURITY PACIFIC BANK
THE ESTATE OF L.M. MONTGOMERY
DAN GORMLEY and MICHAEL LEVINE

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 OF GREEN GABLES II PRODUCTIONS (1986) INC.
in association with
THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
THE DISNEY CHANNEL and PBS/WONDERWORKS
with additional funding from
THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
CHANNEL 4
and with the participation of
TELEFILM CANADA

© ANNE OF GREEN GABLES II PRODUCTIONS (1986) INC., MCMLXXXVII