30 August 2016 Susannah

Film adaptations of the classics

Actors at the Anne of Green Gables museum

I don’t think any book will ever hold quite the place in my heart that one book does – L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. It is a book I read again and again throughout my childhood, as I read all the Anne books, and continue to re-read as an adult. For me no film version can ever capture the magic of the book. The TV series with Megan Followes began well, and then diverged so wildly from the novels that it just made me cross. So I am very excited to see what sort of job they have made of a new movie version.

Anne is acted by Ella Ballentine, the executive producer is Montgomery’s own granddaughter, and the filming was done on Prince Edward Island.

Release date in Australia was supposed to be June. Did it come and go so fast that I missed it completely? Does anyone know when it will be on Aussie screens?


And on the subject of films, there is to be a new period drama movie about the life of American poet Emily Dickinson. It is called A Quiet Passion and stars Cynthia Nixon as Emily and Jennifer Ehle as her sister Lavinia. A replica of her Amherst home was made as a setting and some scenes were shot in Amherst. It is already getting excellent reviews and will be showing in the UK in November, so hopefully soon after that in Australia.

If you want a truly fascinating read about Emily’s strange life, try Lives like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds by Lyndall Gordon. I was totally riveted by the extraordinary affair between her brother Austin and the luscious Mabel Loomis Todd, and was very convinced by the theory that Emily suffered from epilepsy.

Did you enjoy Anne of Green Gables as much as I did?  Or have you already read Lyndall Gordon’s book about Emily Dickinson? Please share your comments below.


For further reading:

   Project Gutenberg: L. M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
   Librivox: L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables

     PURCHASE Google Play: Lyndall Gordon Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds
     PURCHASE Amazon Kindle: Lyndall Gordon Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds
Susannah Fullerton: Anne of Green Gables is published
Susannah Fullerton: L.M. Montgomery marries


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Featured image credit- Actors at the Anne of Green Gables museum in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island by Smudge 9000 from North Kent Coast, England – Anne of Green Gables Museum, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8664341. [cropped]
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Comments (4)

  1. Jill McLean

    Hi Susannah, I saw it in Melbourne at the theatre at ACMI during the June school holidays and loved it as did my daughter and 2 granddaughters. It was only on for about 2 weeks. See you soon. Jill

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I was overseas then which must be why I missed it. Good to know you are passing a love of Anne on to the next generations, Jill. I am so looking forward to seeing you soon in Italy. What fun we will have saring proseccos and pasta and great literature.

  2. Carolyn Miller

    Pretty sure ‘Anne of Green Gables’ was on in Australia back in June/July in VERY limited release. Hoping it comes to DVD soon!

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