L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars is a ninety-minute telefilm produced by Breakthrough Entertainment (Toronto) that premiered in Canada on YTV on 20 February 2017. The cast includes Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert), Kate Hennig (Rachel Lynde), Julia Lalonde (Diana Barry), Natalie Lisinska (Miss Stacy), Kate Trotter (Mrs. Barry), and Martin Sheen (Matthew Cuthbert). The telefilm was written and directed by John Kent Harrison. Joan Lambur, Peter Williamson, Nat Abraham, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan, Kate Macdonald Butler, and Ramon Estevez are the executive producers, Jim Corsten the producer.
This is the second of three telefilms from Breakthrough Entertainment, preceded by L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (2016) and to be followed by L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew in 2017.
From Breakthrough Entertainment
When Anne Shirley turns thirteen, she faces complex issues with her friends, inspirational adults and Marilla and Matthew. At the same time, she begins a friendship with Gilbert Blythe that emotionally escalates to disrupt the status quo of her peaceful world. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to become sensible, and her journey toward this goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate – albeit, amusing – mishaps.
Through school events and playtime after class, Anne continues to deepen her bosom friendship with Diana Barry. It almost sours when she frightens the living daylights out of Diana’s elderly Aunt Josephine. Just when all is forgiven, their friendship faces an even more profound test when Anne begins to spend more time with Gilbert.
Meanwhile, at Green Gables, Matthew’s health begins to slide. During an outing into the forest he becomes disoriented and must rely on Anne to find their way home. He implores Anne to hide the incident from Marilla. Anne struggles with her promise to Matthew but she’s not one to harbor secrets. In the end, she confesses to Marilla and wrestles with the burden of her betrayal to Matthew.
The rising tension between Anne, her girlfriends and Gilbert culminates with a daring river rescue. Gilbert saves Anne and relishes his moment as her hero. Although Anne is grateful to Gilbert, she must make a decision that breaks his heart.
Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley
Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert
Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert
Julia Lalonde as Diana Barry
Drew Haytaoglu as Gilbert Blythe
Zoe Fraser as Ruby Gillis
Amariah Faulkner as Jane Andrews
Stefani Kimber as Josie Pye
Aviv Cohen as Minnie Andrews
Nicholas McAllister as Charlie Sloan
Kate Hennig as Rachel Lynde
Natalie Lisinska as Miss Stacy
Kyle Gatehouse as Mr. Phillips
Jess Brown as Mrs. Allan
Frank Cox-O’Connell as Pastor Allan
Kate Trotter as Mrs. Barry
Tannis Burnett as Muriel
Joan Gregson as Aunt Josephine Barry
Rosemary Doyle as Maude Sherratt
Robert Verlaque as John Blythe