Christopher Nolan is an innovative film director and screenwriter who's helmed several early 21st century megahits, including Memento, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Born on July 30, 1970 in London, England, Christopher Nolan received attention for his early films, Following (1998) and Memento (2000). After directing Insomnia, Nolan's next film was Batman Begins, a re-launch of the comic-book franchise that became a worldwide hit. The film's sequel, The Dark Knight, broke box office records, and Nolan's heady sci-fi thriller, Inception, became another blockbuster two years later. In 2012, he produced the third film of his Batman saga, The Dark Knight Rises.