CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (Director/Screenwriter/Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker who has been recognized for his work as both a director and screenwriter.
Currently, Nolan is directing and producing “The Dark Knight Rises,” the follow up to his record-breaking 2008 film, “The Dark Knight.” With Emma Thomas, he is also serving as a producer on the Superman movie “Man of Steel,” being directed by Zack Snyder.
In 2009, Nolan directed the acclaimed drama “Inception,” which he also wrote and produced. The film was a worldwide blockbuster, earning more than $800 million dollars. Among its many honors, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Nolan was also recognized by his peers with a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award, as well as a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nomination. He and Thomas also earned a Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award nomination.
The year prior, Nolan directed, co-wrote, and produced “The Dark Knight,” which grossed more than $1 billion dollars at the global box office. Nolan also garnered DGA, WGA and PGA Award nominations for “The Dark Knight,” which also received eight Oscar® nominations. 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, learning 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 being released theatrically.
Nolan’s second film was the independent feature “Memento.” Nolan directed the film from his own screenplay, based on a short story by his brother Jonathan. 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 then directed the critically acclaimed psychological thriller “Insomnia,” starring Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. In 2005, Nolan co-wrote and directed “Batman Begins.” The smash hit actioner re-imagined the Batman film franchise, pleasing critics and fans alike.
Nolan also directed, co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller “The Prestige,” which received Oscar® nominations for its outstanding art direction and cinematography.
Nolan currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Emma Thomas, and their children. Nolan and Thomas also have their own production company, Syncopy.
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