CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (Director/Writer/Producer) is an
award-winning filmmaker who has been honored for his work as a director, writer
and producer on a wide range of films. Nolan and his wife and producing partner,
Emma Thomas, also helm their own production company, Syncopy.
Born in London, Nolan began making movies at an early age with his father's
Super-8mm camera. While studying English Literature at University College London
(UCL), he shot 16mm films at UCL's film society, where he learned the guerrilla
film techniques he would later use to make his first feature, "Following." The
noir thriller was recognized at a number of international film festivals prior
to its theatrical release.
Nolan first gained international attention with the 2000 independent feature
"Memento," which he directed from his own screenplay, based on a short story by
Jonathan Nolan. Starring Guy Pearce, the film brought Nolan numerous honors,
including Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original
Screenplay; Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay; and
a DGA Award nomination.
He subsequently directed the critically acclaimed psychological thriller
"Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank; and directed,
co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller "The Prestige," starring Christian
Bale and Hugh Jackman.
Nolan went on to write, direct and produce the blockbuster "The Dark Knight"
trilogy, beginning in 2005 with "Batman Begins," starring Christian Bale in the
title role. Three years later, the second film in the trilogy, "The Dark
Knight," was released to worldwide acclaim and went on to gross more than one
billion dollars at the global box office. Nolan was nominated for Directors
Guild of America (DGA), Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Producers Guild of
America (PGA) Awards for his work on the film, which also received eight Oscar
nominations. Bringing the story to a close, 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" also
earned more than one billion dollars worldwide. Also within the DC universe,
Nolan served as a producer on the Superman film series reboot "Man of Steel,"
directed by Zack Snyder, and released in 2013.
In 2010, Nolan captivated both critics and audiences with the sci-fi thriller
"Inception," which he directed and produced from his own original screenplay.
The thought-provoking drama was a worldwide hit, earning more than $800 million
dollars and becoming one of the most talked-about films of the year. Among its
many honors, "Inception" won four Academy Awards and received four more Oscar
nominations, including two for Nolan, for Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Nolan was also recognized by his peers with DGA Award and PGA Award nominations,
and won a WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Nolan more recently wrote, directed and produced the 2014 science fiction
dramatic thriller "Interstellar," starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway,
Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine. The widely
praised film earned five Academy Award nominations and four BAFTA Award
nominations, winning both the Oscar and BAFTA Award for Best Visual Effects.
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