Star Trek and X-Men legend Sir Patrick Stewart is heading to Dubai this week
Sir Patrick Stewart, a name strongly associated with outstanding acting, iconic film and theatre roles, and a glowing roster of credits – that include 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and 'X-Men' film series, including his latest critically acclaimed performance as Professor Xavier in James Mangold's Logan – will be the deserving recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF. The genial star descends upon Dubai to receive the prestigious award at DIFF’s Opening Ceremony on, Wednesday, 6th December at the Festival’s 14th Edition.
Festivalgoers, fans and members of the industry alike will have the opportunity to attend an ‘In Conversation’ event with the icon on Friday, 8 December at 3:30 pm in the Madinat Souk Theatre. The exclusive event opens up the floor to audience members in a question and answer with Patrick Stewart and will give an insight into his life and the story behind the man who devoted his career to theatre and film.
With nominations for the most internationally revered and highly regarded awards in the film industry to date, Patrick Stewart is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, four-time Primetime Emmy nominee, and twelve-time award winner on the global film circuit. Having worked alongside blockbuster names such as Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Halle Berry, William Shatner and Malcolm McDowell, Sir Patrick Stewart sets a precedent for acting excellence, and as such was awarded a knighthood in 2010, for his services to drama.
Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF’s Chairman, commented on Patrick Stewart’s award: “Our goal at DIFF has always been to promote great cinema, and recognise incredible talent. This year we are truly humbled to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir Patrick Stewart, whose career and contribution to cinema has made a lasting impact on the industry landscape for generations. It is our absolute pleasure to honor his incredible achievements at the festival and to welcome him to the Madinat Jumeirah for an unforgettable in conversation event with fans.”
Tickets are available online at diff.ae and from the box office at VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates for Dhs50.