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Also Known As: Christopher Jonathan James Nolan Died:
Born: July 30, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: screenwriter, director, director of photography, producer, editor

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Thanks to his stylized, time-bending renovation of film noir conventions, director Christopher Nolan established himself as a creator of psychologically demanding films that defied classification. Though he made his feature debut with the ultra-low budget indie, "Following" (1998), Nolan put himself on the map with "Memento" (2000), a classic revenge story with the unique twist of being told backwards. Hailed by many critics and - by indie standards - made successful by a rabid audience, "Memento" quickly turned Nolan's fortunes, establishing him as a highly sought-after talent. He soon followed with the less imaginative, but no less engaging thriller, "Insomnia" (2002), starring heavy-hitters Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams. But it was the blockbuster "Batman Begins" (2005) - a reimagined take on a long-defunct film franchise - that propelled Nolan to the upper tier of Hollywood directors. His dark, brooding take on the avenging crusader was much more aligned with its original intention than any other subsequent incarnation had been, earning critical praise, audience admiration and a large chunk of box office dollars. With "The Prestige" (2006), "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Inception"...

Thanks to his stylized, time-bending renovation of film noir conventions, director Christopher Nolan established himself as a creator of psychologically demanding films that defied classification. Though he made his feature debut with the ultra-low budget indie, "Following" (1998), Nolan put himself on the map with "Memento" (2000), a classic revenge story with the unique twist of being told backwards. Hailed by many critics and - by indie standards - made successful by a rabid audience, "Memento" quickly turned Nolan's fortunes, establishing him as a highly sought-after talent. He soon followed with the less imaginative, but no less engaging thriller, "Insomnia" (2002), starring heavy-hitters Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams. But it was the blockbuster "Batman Begins" (2005) - a reimagined take on a long-defunct film franchise - that propelled Nolan to the upper tier of Hollywood directors. His dark, brooding take on the avenging crusader was much more aligned with its original intention than any other subsequent incarnation had been, earning critical praise, audience admiration and a large chunk of box office dollars. With "The Prestige" (2006), "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Inception" (2010), his reputation as an auteur working in a blockbuster world was firmly cemented.

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  Inception (2010)
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  Batman Begins (2005) Director
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  INSOMNIA (2002) Director
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  Memento (2001) Director
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  Following (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Side by Side (2012)
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Began making films at age seven using his father's Super 8 camera
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Made short films with future producers Roko and Adrian Belic ("Genghis Blues") while living in Chicago, IL
1989:
First short film to air on television, "Tarantella" (PBS)
1996:
Screened the short film "Larceny" at the Cambridge Film Festival; acting debut of Jeremy Theobald
1997:
Again collaborated with Theobald for the short film "Doodlebug"
1998:
Feature directorial debut, "Following"; again starred Theobald who also co-produced
2000:
Helmed critically acclaimed second feature "Memento," adapted from a story by his brother; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay
2002:
Directed "Insomnia," an American remake of a 1997 Norwegian film of the same name
2005:
Helmed (also co-wrote) the new installment of "Batman Begins," starring Christian Bale in the lead role
2006:
Directed Hugh Jackman and Bale in "The Prestige," about two rival magicians in the 19th century
2008:
Helmed second installment of the Batman series "The Dark Knight" with Bale reprising the lead role; Heath Ledger cast as The Joker
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("The Dark Knight")
2010:
Wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller "Inception," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director ¿ Motion Picture ("Inception")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay ¿ Motion Picture ("Inception")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Inception")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director ¿ Motion Picture
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
2012:
Directed third film in his Batman trilogy "The Dark Knight Rises," starring Bale in title role and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman; also co-wrote
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Education

Haileybury College: -
University College London: -

Notes

"I'm interested in films that you want to come back to multiple times." --Christopher Nolan quoted in Daily Variety, January 17, 2001.

In response to a query about the problems of adapting a short story as a film, Nolan told Will McKenzie of www.6degrees.co.uk (October 2000): "Well I think the problems in the case of a highly conceptual piece of material is to come up with a story that can hold the attention for a couple of hours without losing the simplicity. It is a very simple concept and it's very challenging to create a two-hour story where everything keeps on coming back to that concept. Very often the temptation as a filmmaker is to take the concept of the story and go somewhere different. I tried to take the story that was an organic expansion of the concept. That was the biggest challenge."

"I get annoyed when I see films and I end up questioning where the camera has been placed. When I shoot a film, I want to know in every shot whose point of view we're seeing." --Christopher Nolan, quoted in the Daily Varsity (www.varsity.cam.ca.uk), October 19, 2000.

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wife:
Emma Thomas. Producer.

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brother:
Jonathan Nolan. Author. Wrote short story upon which "Memento" (2000) was based.

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