It’s the early 1940s, and the war in Europe is winding down. Anne Shirley?now a successful, middle-aged writer?has returned to Prince Edward Island for an extended visit. On a whim, she’s agreed to write a play for her dear friend, Gene; a play that will be performed as part of the White Sand Hotel’s summer stock season.
Now that she’s on the Island, though, Anne is forced to admit that the play is nothing more than a distraction?a way to take her mind off troublesome recent events in her life. Her husband, Gilbert, has been killed overseas; her two daughters are preoccupied with their own young families; and her adopted son Dominic has yet to return from the war. The play, she reasons, will keep her busy?at least busy enough to not go out of her mind with worry.
But a long-hidden secret discovered under the floorboards at Green Gables provides a distraction of its own. As Anne struggles to complete the play she’s promised to Gene, she delves into long-buried memories, reliving the troubled years before she arrived as an orphan at the Cuthberts’ farmhouse. Over the course of one remarkable summer, Anne Shirley discovers the truth about her parents, the origins of her quest for “kindred spirits,” and the roots of her wonderful, magical imagination.
In Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, three-time Emmy award-winner and filmmaker Kevin Sullivan offers Anne fans a rare treat: a moving glimpse into the circumstances that created one of the most beloved fictional characters of our time.
About the author
KEVIN SULLIVAN is a writer, director, and film producer, known around the world for his beautifully executed and highly praised period movies such as Anne of Green Gables, his movie adaptation of Timothy Findley's The Pianoman's Daughter, and such classic television series as Road to Avonlea and Wind at My Back. Having won hundreds of international awards, including three Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Prix Jeunesse, and four Cable Ace Awards, he has established a strong brand based on visual style, quality of writing, and outstanding performances from award winning-performers, including Colleen Dewhurst, Christopher Reeve, Stockard Channing, Ryan Gosling, Sam Waterston, and Christopher Lloyd. his most recent film is Mozart's Magic Flute Diaries. he is also the author of several books, including Beyond Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: The Official Movie Adaptation. Sullivan's library of movies, books, and music are available at www.sullivanmovies.com .