LOS ANGELES – Screenwriters Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth have been named recipients of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2011 Paul Selvin Award for their screenplay for Fair Game. The award recognizes written work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties. The Butterworth brothers, along with other Guild honorees, will be recognized at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony this Saturday, February 5, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom.
“Jez & John-Henry Butterworth’s Paul Selvin Award-winning screenplay for Fair Game expertly conveys both the impact and implications of a contemporary media climate where public and private worlds are often blurred for political gain. Their absorbing script articulates nuances of political and personal speech, while adeptly maintaining a tight focus on the human-scale drama, illuminating the all-too-personal costs when our basic rights are put in jeopardy,” said WGAW President John Wells.
“We think it’s very cool to be given this award. Fair Game and the themes it contains represent a time when the Constitution was under intense pressure. We’re just grateful to everyone involved for the opportunity to be part of a movie that covers such an important period of history. Thanks Writers Guild!” said Fair Game screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.
The Summit Entertainment-River Road Entertainment-Participant Media film, directed by Doug Liman with a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the books The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson and Fair Game by Valerie Plame Wilson, offers a thought-provoking, troubling glimpse into the