Admirers of Jez Butterworth tend to connect him with London, the location for his play Mojo, or with St Albans, the setting for Birthday Girl, his film with Nicole Kidman. But Butterworth, unexpectedly, turns out to be a Somerset farmer: "We've been breeding and eating our own pigs for five years now," he says. He has been supervising rehearsals of his latest play on day trips to London. Burly, with a sleek black-and-grey beard, Butterworth certainly looks the part, though he asks: "Actually, can you put smallholding instead of farm? Otherwise, the proper farmers around us will laugh themselves silly."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In The Guardian, Mark Lawson talks to playwright and screenwriter Jez Butterworth.