Jeremy “Jezz” Butterworth is a well-renowned English playwright, screenwriter, and film director. Born in London, Butterworth’s screenwriting prowess started ripening when he saw his brother Tom Butterworth trying his hands at a Cambridge production of Brian Friel’s “Translations."
Inspired by this he co-wrote his first play with his brother Tom which was “Cooking in a Bedsitter”. This, in turn, was an adaptation from Katherine Whitehorn’s “Cooking in a Bedsitter”. He co-wrote several plays few of them worth mentioning are-I Believe in Love(1992), Huge(1993), The Winterling(1996), The Night Heron(2002), Parlour Song(2008), Jerusalem(2008), The River(2012) and of course Mojo(1995).
Butterworth got his breakthrough and recognition from the successful play Mojo, which catapulted him to the mainstream screenwriting, and later on he converted this play to a full-fledged movie in 1997. Butterworth cites Noble Laureate Harold Pinter, who received Nobel Prize in 2005 as his influence who according to him has an out-of-the-box thinking and whose ingenious conversations made his writings even better. His contributions span over to some well-known movies such as Edge of Tomorrow, Spectre, etc.
Continuing with his streak movie Butterworth co-wrote and directed Birthday Girl (2001) with his brother Tom starring
and eventually, the movie got produced by his brother Steve. Butterworth is a recipient of many awards in recognition of his outstanding writing works some of which include: E.M. Foster Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award, Writer’s Guild of America’s West’s .
Butterworth’s personal life too had transitioned from a writer to a farmer, which turns out to be an outcome of his struggles with his thoughts for a while which he explains were distractions when he was present in London. Being a proud father of a son and a daughter, Butterworth has stated that his family has contributed in a way and has influenced some of his writings. Butterworth has a long and glorious road ahead, and we wish he goes on and pulls off more of the gems out of his creative bag.