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BIRTHDAY GIRL

JEZ (JEREMY) BUTTERWORTH made his feature film directorial debut with the acclaimed gangster film "Mojo," a witty, in-your-face yarn about greed and amorality in the drug underworld. Starring Ian Hart, Ewen Bremner, Aidan Gillen, Hans Matheson, Andy Serkis and Harold Pinter, the film was based on his wildly successful stage play of the same name. The play', which opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1995, made Butterworth the first writer to debut on the main stage at the Royal Court since "Look Back in Anger's" John Osborne. "Mojo" won five major theatre awards, including the Olivier and the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award.

Born in London in 1969, Butterworth was brought up in St. Albans, the setting of BIRTHDAY GIRL, and educated at Cambridge University. With his brother he wrote the "The Census Man" as part of Carlton Television New Writer Course. This led to their being commissioned in 1993 to make "The Night of the Golden Brain," a short film about a pub quiz team, as part of the Going Underground series. After "Mojo" he teamed up again with brother Tom to co-write "Christmas" and "The Night of the Golden Brain."

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