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Biography

Christopher Nolan was born in London on July, 30th in 1970 as a child of a British father and an American mother. He began making war movies with his older brother Matt using his father's super 8mm camera and an assortment of male action figures. At the age of seven Star Wars came out and influenced him to do short science fiction films in the verge of George Lucas space saga.


Nolan was living in Chicago at that time and also made films together with Adrien and Roko Belic


While an undergraduate at University College in London his super 8mm surreal short "Tarantella" was shown in the US on PBS' "Image Union" in 1989. Nolan then studied English Literature at University College London. Meanwhile he continued making film, now at the college film society and in 16mm.


By the mid-90s, he had hooked up with Jeremy Theobald who appeared in the short movie"Larceny" (which was shown at the Cambridge Film Festival in 1996) and the three-minute surreal film "Doodlebug".


It was Theobald who co-produced and stared as the lead in Christopher Nolan's first full feature called Following. Following, a no-budget black-and-white movie produced in London over a one year period of time and finished in 1998 received multiple awards including the Rotterdam International Film Festival's Tiger Award and the Slamdance Black & White Award. This allowed Nolan to direct the highly acclaimed film Memento in 2000, for which he also wrote the screenplay.



Assorted Facts

  • Christopher Nolan is red-green colorblind.

  • He is married to Emma Thomas, who produced some of his short films, Following, Memento and Insomnia. She gave birth to their daughter during the filming of Insomnia.

  • Is the nephew of actor John Nolan

  • He is left-handed.

  • Says he is computer illiterate.


    Inspirations

    "I've always loved films. I started making films when I was seven years old and I haven't stopped. I never really thought about doing anything else. What I love are films that create their own particular geography, a particular world and emerse you in it for a couple of hours.


    "I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. Alien, Blade Runner just blew me away because they created these extraodinary worlds that were just completely emersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons.


    "And as I got older I got more interested in films that I had not grown up with - sort cinema people like Nicolas Roeg, Syney Lumet and John Frankenheimer."


    John Frankenheimer

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    The Manchuruian
    Candidate (1962)

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    Birdman of
    Alcatraz (1962)

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    Seven Days
    in May (1964)

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    The Train (1964)

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    Seconds (1966)


    Stanley Kubrick

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    Paths of
    Glory (1957)

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    Dr. Strangelove...
    (1964)

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    2001: A Space
    Odyssey (1968)

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    A Clockwork
    Orange (1972)

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    Full Metal
    Jacket (1987)


    And more from Stanley Kubrick

    Sydney Lumet

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    12 Angry
    Men (1957)

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    Serpico (1973)

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    Fail-Safe (1964)

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    Dog Day
    Afternoon (1975)

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    Network (1976)


    And more from Sydney Lumet

    Nicolas Roeg

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    Walkabout (1971)

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    Don't Look
    Now (1973)

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    The Man Who
    Fell to Earth (1976)

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    The Witches (1990)

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    Insignificance (1985)


    Ridley Scott

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    The Duellists (1977)

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    Alien (1979)

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    Blade Runner (1982)

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    Thelma & Louise (1991)


    In May 2003 Christopher Nolan took part on a series called "The Movie That Inspired Me" to show Blade Runner - the original cut. For more information about this event click here.

    And more from Ridley Scott


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