IN Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee, Sense and Sensibility) returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least.
A Working Title film, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is released on DVD and as a DVD/Blu-ray double-pack on July 19 from Universal Pictures UK.
In the latest instalment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of harried young mother Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal; The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war.
But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.
Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons.
Joining Thompson and Gyllenhaal for the project are Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked), as Mrs Green’s brother-in-law, Phil; Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) as Mrs Green’s eldest son, Norman; and Dame Maggie Smith (Becoming Jane, Harry Potter series) as the somewhat befuddled Mrs. Docherty.
The family comedy was written by Emma Thompson, directed by Bafta winner Susanna White (Bleak House, Generation Kill, Jane Eyre), Nanny McPhee and based on characters in Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda books.
Special Features (DVD & Blu-ray): Audio commentary with director Susanna White; deleted scenes; featurettes: New Film, New Story, Magical Moves, Mr Edelweiss, Emma Thompson Becomes Nanny McPhee, The Pigs, The Mud.