In today’s Dubai Film Festival daily newspaper:
“As a film festival, it is also our responsibility to make stars and shine a spotlight on rising stars like Gerald Butler. Variety chose to present Butler with their award in Dubai. This is not the first time DIFF has played star-maker: with Slumdog Millionaire and Paradise Now in previous years, we witnessed films accelerate from relative obscurity to global popularity after being at DIFF.”
Yeah, Slumdog! You’d already won Toronto’s audience award, the NBR award, a bunch of British Indie Awards, and grossed a ton of money in North America, but if it wasn’t for Dubai screening you, you’d be nothing! You were totally obscure before Dubai!