Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan is one of the most renowned and successful directors of the 21st century. The English-American director, screenwriter, and producer has helmed some of the most popular and acclaimed cinematic hits including The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception.


Born on the 30th of July 1970, in London, Nolan's childhood was split between London and Evanston, Illinois, and he holds both British and US citizenship. In 1998 he directed his first feature film, Following. From this first film onwards, Nolan has received almost constant critical acclaim, indeed his second film, Memento, released in 2000, earned Nolan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This recognition allowed him to work on bigger-budget projects such as Insomnia and The Prestige. In 2005 he released the first instalment of his Batman reboot. This trilogy of movies, the last of which was released in 2012,  would go on to break box office records, and, along with his intellectual thriller Inception, released in 2010, would garner him global popularity. Inception would also earned a second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and his first nomination for Best Picture. Since then he released Interstellar (2014) and Dunkirk (2017) to immense critical and box-office success. Nolan is one of the highest grossing directors in history, his ten films have earned over $4.4 billion worldwide. His films have also received 26 Oscar nominations, of which they have earned seven wins. 


Nolan's films are centred on themes of the fluidity of memory, the constructed conception of time, the nature of human morality, and the malleability of identity. His storytelling is characterised by nonlinear plots and labyrinthine imagery and narratives. He often works with film composer Hans Zimmer.