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Christopher Nolan Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Christopher Johnathan James Nolan, usually known simply as Chris, is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer who has been able to accumulate estimated net worth as high as $150 million. Among movie audiences Chris is known as the creator of “Insomnia”, “The Dark Knight” series, “The Prestige” and many other movies which later became popular worldwide thanks to Nolan’s great job as the producer and director. Nowadays he is known to be one of the richest people in US who is still active in the world of show business.

Christopher Nolan Net Worth $150 Million

Chris Nolan was born on July 30, 1970, in London, United Kingdom. However, his mother was an American citizen, and that’s why in his early years Christopher was raised in two different cultures on different sides of the Atlantic ocean. Little Chris  at the age of 8 already showed some interest in making movies, as he was playing with father’s camera, and while attending the University College in London Nolan began making short and simple movies.

The debut which  began the rise of Nolan’s net worth he made in 1998, when the movie “Following” appeared on screens. This was a mostly successful movie about a young man in London, however, it wasn’t the greatest hour in C. Nolan’s career: in 2002 he was able to make the movie “Insomnia” which later became really popular and raised Christopher Nolan’s net worth considerably, immediately.

With  passing years, Nolan’s net worth rose rapidly. His films starred many extremely famous actors, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, a character from the “Inception”, and Al Pacino from “Insomnia”. Furthermore, Chris was described as a genius in cinematography by DiCaprio not so long ago, so we can only expect his net worth to continue to grow.

Of course, it is not right to forget Nolan’s “Batman” movies. He released three movies – “Batman Begins” in 2005, “The Dark Knight” in 2008 and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012. This great trilogy with the famous Christian Bale as the main character helped Nolan to become popular worldwide, and his net worth to escalate accordingly.

Talking about Chris’ personal life, he has a wife Emma Thomas, who is also a film producer known for co-producing such movies as “Inception” and “The Prestige”. The couple met a long time ago, when Nolan was only 19 years old. Together they live in Los Angeles, California, and have four children.

Nowadays Nolan is known as the writer, producer and director of the upcoming 2014 film entitled “Interstellar”, and he is also an executive producer of “Transcendence” released in 2014. Nolan still continues an active life in show business  and produces great movies, so we can definitely expect many more great creations from him in the future.

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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dunkirk2017written by post-production
Mementooriginal screenplay announced
Interstellar2014written by
Man of Steel2013story
The Dark Knight Rises2012screenplay / story
Inception2010written by
The Dark Knight2008screenplay / story
The Prestige2006screenplay
Batman Begins2005Video Game based on the movie written by
Batman Begins2005screenplay
Memento2000screenplay
Following1998written by
Doodlebug1997Short written by - as Chris Nolan
Larceny1996Short
Tarantella1989TV Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dunkirk2017producer post-production
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice2016executive producer
Quay2015Documentary short producer
Interstellar2014producer
Transcendence2014/Iexecutive producer
Man of Steel2013producer
The Dark Knight Rises2012producer
Inception2010producer
The Dark Knight2008producer
The Prestige2006producer
Following1998producer
Larceny1996Short producer
Tarantella1989TV Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dunkirk2017post-production
Quay2015Documentary short
Interstellar2014
The Dark Knight Rises2012
Inception2010
The Dark Knight2008
The Prestige2006
Batman Begins2005
Insomnia2002
Memento2000
Following1998
Doodlebug1997Short as Chris Nolan
Larceny1996Short
Tarantella1989TV Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quay2015Documentary short
Following1998shot by
Doodlebug1997Short as Chris Nolan
Larceny1996Short
Tarantella1989TV Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Following1998
Doodlebug1997Short as Chris Nolan
Larceny1996Short
Tarantella1989TV Short

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doodlebug1997Short set designer - as Chris Nolan

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quay2015Documentary short music by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Harvest2016thanks: for showing me the Dark Light - as Chris Nolan
An Act of War2015very special thanks
Planet Krypton2013Video documentary short special thanks
Paranormal Movie2013very special thanks
Pulp2013thanks
Don Jon2013the producers would like to thank
The Black Dahlia Haunting2012special thanks
Atomism2011Short very special thanks
Exploring 'The Tree of Life'2011Video documentary short special thanks
The Wronged One2011TV Mini-Series special thanks - 3 episodes
El defensor2011Short the director wishes to thank
Mr. J2010Short special thanks
Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious2010Video documentary special thanks
Before Breakfast2010/IShort very special thanks
HBO First Look2008-2010TV Series documentary special thanks - 2 episodes
The Dark Knight Tribute2009Video documentary short special thanks
Our Lost Translation2007Short special thanks
Batman: The Journey Begins2005Video documentary short special thanks
Mementos2004Short special thanks: inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Academy Event: Heat2016Video shortHimself - Moderator
60 Minutes2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Michael Caine")
IMDb Asks2015TV SeriesHimself
StarTalk2015TV SeriesHimself
Creating Interstellar: A Discussion with Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway, Mathew McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain2015Video shortHimself
Inside 'Interstellar'2015Video documentaryHimself
The Science of Interstellar2015DocumentaryHimself
CBS This Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Director, Interstellar
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Interstellar: Nolan's Odyssey2014TV MovieHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2014TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus2014TV SeriesHimself
D.I.Y.2014Documentary shortHimself
Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy2013Video documentaryHimself
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot2013DocumentaryHimself
Ending the Knight2012Video documentaryHimself
Stanley Kubrick in Focus2012ShortHimself
The Batmobile2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fantástico2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself
2012 MTV Movie Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Side by Side2012DocumentaryHimself
Exploring 'The Tree of Life'2011Video documentary shortHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV Series
Remembering 'Memento'2011Video shortHimself
9th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
These Amazing Shadows2011DocumentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director
Inception: Jump Right Into the Action2010Video documentaryHimself
Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious2010Video documentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2005-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Guys Choice2010TV MovieHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Recipient for Heath Ledger (as Chris Nolan)
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Winner Best Action Movie
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene2008Video documentaryHimself
Els matins a TV32008TV SeriesHimself
Batman Tech2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Batman Unmasked2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan2007Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
Batman: The Journey Begins2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Batman: The Tumbler2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Batman Begins: Path to Discovery2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Cape and Cowl2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Genesis of the Bat2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Gotham City Rises2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Saving Gotham City2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Shaping Mind and Body2005Video documentary shortHimself - Director / Co-Writer
Charlie Rose2005TV SeriesHimself
Memento: Interview with Christopher Nolan2004Video documentary shortHimself
Cinema16: British Short Films2003VideoHimself - Commentary, Doodlebug (voice)
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Day for Night: The Making of 'Insomnia'2002Video documentary shortHimself
180°: Christopher Nolan Interviews Al Pacino2002Video documentary shortHimself
Making of Insomnia2002TV Movie documentary
2002 MTV Movie Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Michael Caine")
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Accepting on Behalf of Academy Award of Merit
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Troldspejlet2005TV SeriesHimself - Director / Co-Writer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan
2015AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearInterstellar (2014)· Emma Thomas
· Lynda Obst
2015Contribution to Cinematic Imagery AwardArt Directors Guild
2015Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorInterstellar (2014)
2015Inspiration AwardEmpire Awards, UK
2014Founder's AwardSlamdance Film Festival
2014Truly Moving Picture AwardHeartland FilmInterstellar (2014)
2013Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2013AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)· Emma Thomas
· Charles Roven
2013CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Ten of the Year - Audience AwardThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2011Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Film (Beste Buitenlandse Film)Inception (2010)
2011RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Inception (2010)
2011Modern Master AwardSanta Barbara International Film Festival
2011Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaInception (2010)
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest FilmInception (2010)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorInception (2010)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingInception (2010)
2011AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011Visionary AwardVisual Effects Society Awards
2011Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardAmerican Cinema Editors, USA
2011WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Action MovieInception (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Film - Audience AwardInception (2010)
2011CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsTop Ten of the Year - Audience AwardInception (2010)
2011CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Screenplay - International CompetitionInception (2010)
2011Czech LionCzech LionsBest Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film)Inception (2010)
2011Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest FilmInception (2010)
2011Special AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsAlexander Walker Special Award for his contribution to film
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormInception (2010)
2011IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Director (Miglior regia)Inception (2010)
2011IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Picture (Miglior film)Inception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale)Inception (2010)
2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenInception (2010)
2011OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2010AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best DirectorInception (2010)
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010Britannia AwardBAFTA/LA Britannia AwardsArtistic Excellence in Directing
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Writing, Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearInception (2010)
2010Hollywood Movie of the YearHollywood Film AwardsInception (2010)
2010IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2010NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalInception (2010)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2009AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearThe Dark Knight (2008)· Charles Roven
· Emma Thomas
2009Board of the Governors AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USA
2009Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Action MovieThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Scream-PlayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
· David S. Goyer
2008SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USADirector of the Year
2008Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Dark Knight (2008)· Charles Roven
· Emma Thomas
2008Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Hochi Film AwardHochi Film AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Hollywood Movie of the YearHollywood Film AwardsThe Dark Knight (2008)
2007SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film DirectorThe Prestige (2006)
2007Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Prestige (2006)
2007IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale)The Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan
2006Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorBatman Begins (2005)
2006Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Scream-PlayBatman Begins (2005)· David S. Goyer
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingBatman Begins (2005)· David S. Goyer
2003ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearInsomnia (2002)
2003Sonny Bono Visionary AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalMemento (2000)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest NewcomerMemento (2000)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAScreenwriter of the YearMemento (2000)
2002Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayMemento (2000)· Jonathan Nolan
2002Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002Russell Smith AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsMemento (2000)
2002EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureMemento (2000)
2002FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest New FilmmakerMemento (2000)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenMemento (2000)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough FilmmakerMemento (2000)
2001SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2001Waldo Salt Screenwriting AwardSundance Film FestivalMemento (2000)· Jonathan Nolan (story)
2001TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMemento (2000)· Jonathan Nolan
2001BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2001British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Foreign Independent Film - English LanguageMemento (2000)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearMemento (2000)
2001LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2000Prize of the Catalan Screenwriter's Critic and Writer's AssociationSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalMemento (2000)
2000Jury Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalMemento (2000)
2000Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalMemento (2000)
2000CinéLive AwardDeauville Film FestivalMemento (2000)
1999Tiger AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalFollowing (1998)
1999Black & White AwardSlamdance Film FestivalFollowing (1998)
1999Silver HitchcockDinard British Film FestivalFollowing (1998)
1999Best Director AwardNewport International Film Festival, Rhode IslandFollowing (1998)
1998SKYY PrizeSan Francisco International Film FestivalBest First FeatureFollowing (1998)· Emma Thomas
· Jeremy Theobald

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Interstellar (2014)
2015Bradbury AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan
2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorInterstellar (2014)
2015AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Interstellar (2014)
2015Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest Director - International CompetitionInterstellar (2014)
2015Cinema Bloggers AwardCinema Bloggers Awards, PortugalBest Screenplay - International CompetitionInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan
2015CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Interstellar (2014)
2015Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureInterstellar (2014)· Lynda Obst
· Emma Thomas
2015HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan (screenplay)
2014Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Original ScreenplayInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan
2014ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureInterstellar (2014)· Lynda Obst
· Emma Thomas
2014ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInterstellar (2014)· Jonathan Nolan
2014CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInterstellar (2014)
2014DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest DirectorInterstellar (2014)
2013RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2013SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2013Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2013Golden EagleGolden Eagle Awards, RussiaBest Foreign FilmThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2012Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2012Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2012IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest DirectorThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureInception (2010)
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film DirectorInception (2010)
2011Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureInception (2010)
2011David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay (Original)Inception (2010)
2011BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest PictureInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2011AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Inception (2010)
2011BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Inception (2010)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2011Cinema Brazil Grand PrizeCinema Brazil Grand PrizeBest Foreign-Language Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)Inception (2010)
2011CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Inception (2010)
2011CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Inception (2010)
2011DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Inception (2010)
2011DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesInception (2010)
2011Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Foreign Film - English LanguageInception (2010)
2011Gaudí AwardGaudí AwardsBest European Film (Millor Pel·lícula Europea)Inception (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorInception (2010)
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International FilmInception (2010)
2011Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Non-European Director (Regista del Miglior Film Non-Europeo)Inception (2010)
2011Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmInception (2010)
2011ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsDirector of the YearInception (2010)
2011ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearInception (2010)
2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2011OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2011PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalInception (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Scream-PlayInception (2010)
2010SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2010ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Achievement in DirectingInception (2010)
2010Davis AwardAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureInception (2010)· Emma Thomas
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirector of the DecadeThe Dark Knight (2008)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsCreative Person of the Decade
2010HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2009Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Film (Beste Buitenlandse Film)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan (screenplay)
· David S. Goyer (story)
2009BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureThe Dark Knight (2008)· Charles Roven
· Emma Thomas
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
· David S. Goyer
2009GoyaGoya AwardsBest European Film (Mejor Película Europea)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Dark Knight (2008)· David S. Goyer (story)
· Jonathan Nolan (screenplay)
· Bob Kane (based on character created by)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
· David S. Goyer
2009IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureThe Dark Knight (2008)· Emma Thomas
· Charles Roven
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2009PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Dark Knight (2008)· Charles Roven
· Emma Thomas
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptThe Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan
2008SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2008DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
2007Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptBatman Begins (2005)· David S. Goyer
2007HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan (screenplay)
· Christopher Priest (based on the novel by)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearThe Prestige (2006)
2007OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorBatman Begins (2005)
2006ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan
2006Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorBatman Begins (2005)
2006Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearThe Prestige (2006)
2006Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearThe Prestige (2006)· Jonathan Nolan
2006HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormBatman Begins (2005)· David S. Goyer (story/screenplay)
· Bob Kane (based on the character created by)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearBatman Begins (2005)
2005IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International FilmBatman Begins (2005)
2005Audience AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International FilmBatman Begins (2005)
2003RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Insomnia (2002)
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio Commentary, New ReleaseMemento (2000)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalMemento (2000)
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenMemento (2000)· Jonathan Nolan (story)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureMemento (2000)
2002Discover Screenwriting AwardAmerican Screenwriters Association, USAMemento (2000)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising Director
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayMemento (2000)
2002DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesMemento (2000)
2002Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2001Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticMemento (2000)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2001Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest DirectorMemento (2000)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Director of the YearMemento (2000)
2000Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalMemento (2000)
1999Grand Jury PrizeSlamdance Film FestivalFollowing (1998)
1999Golden HitchcockDinard British Film FestivalFollowing (1998)
1999Jury AwardNewport International Film Festival, Rhode IslandBest FilmFollowing (1998)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearInterstellar (2014)
2010Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest FilmInception (2010)
2010SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorInception (2010)
2010SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2010Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearInception (2010)
2010IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest ScreenplayInception (2010)
2008UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Dark Knight (2008)· Jonathan Nolan
· David S. Goyer
2008LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2005Rondo StatuetteRondo Hatton Classic Horror AwardsBest FilmBatman Begins (2005)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Director of the YearBatman Begins (2005)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the YearBatman Begins (2005)· David S. Goyer
2001NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayMemento (2000)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal Screenplay of the DecadeMemento (2000)· Jonathan Nolan
2008DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2005SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest DirectorBatman Begins (2005)
2002NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayMemento (2000)

TitleSalary
Dunkirk (2017)$20,000,000 + 20% of gross
Interstellar (2014)$20,000,000 against 20%
Inception (2010)$69,000,000

#Fact
1His inadvertent cult following 'Nolanism' was officially founded in 2014 by Dvir and Orr Ben Asuli. Although it was ultimately inspired by Christopher and his brother: Jonathan Nolan's often "God-like" style of filmmaking. One common word that is associated with the brothers is the religious phrase "Hallelujah", commonly used by "Nolanists".
2Due to their successful career, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan has developed a dedicated cult following. Many of whom identify themselves as 'Nolanists' who can be described as those who support the ideology of Nolanism.
3Even though he made the Dark Knight Trilogy dark and serious, he admits to being a huge fan of Tim Burton's Batman (1989).
4His first film Following (1998) was made for only 6,000 pounds and was shot on weekends as the cast and crew all had full-time jobs.
5Vast majority of Nolan's movies have an interesting common part of the plot - the main protagonist of each of the movies Nolan has directed experience some sort of mind problem, difficulty that significantly contributes to the storyline. In Memento (2000), Leonard suffers a short-term memory loss that has been caused by the murder of his wife. In Insomnia (2002), detective Will Dormer while on prosecution of the suspect accidentally shoots his partner. As a result of this mistake, detective suffers insomnia. Thoughtout the Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), Bruce Wayne experiences a fear of bats, which inspires him to conquer fear and fight this mental suffering. In The Prestige (2006), magician Angier seeks vengeance on his partner, who he thinks to blame for his wife's death and who constantly experiences visions of the moment his wife dies. In Inception (2010), Cobb suffers the loss of his wife, whose suicide he thinks he provoked. As a result of this, he constantly sees and visualizes his wife, as if he believes that she is still alive.
6He does not create a story outline before beginning the writing of a screenplay, although he does take copious notes regarding events, characters, and ideas.
7Important inspirations for his editing style were the films of Nicolas Roeg and later Terrence Malick, especially his epic The Thin Red Line (1998).
8Drinks Earl Grey Tea often on set.
9His most recent films were filmed under fake titles named for his children: The Dark Knight (2008) was "Rory's First Kiss", Inception (2010) was "Oliver's Arrow", The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was "Magnus Rex", and Interstellar (2014) was "Flora's Letter".
10Despite directing many acclaimed films, he has never been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.
11Has directed one Oscar winning performance: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008).
12Was inspired to create the Dark Knight trilogy after viewing Richard Donner's Superman films.
13Always refuses to use a second unit in his movies, preferring instead to oversee every shot himself with the DP.
14After James Cameron, Christopher Nolan is the second director make two films that have grossed more than $1 billion in the worldwide box office (The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)). However, Nolan is the first director to have released both of the billion dollar grossing films in 2D only (James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) have both been released in 3D at some point during their releases).
15He initially directed his Batman films so he could get funding and support for his bigger films. The one he had planned for years was Inception (2010).
16Father of Flora Nolan, Rory Nolan, Oliver Nolan and Magnus Nolan.
17Honored with a hand-print and foot-print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California on July 7, 2012.
18He is one of the few people (also including his brother Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer) to work on films about DC Comics' two most famous characters and two of the most iconic heroes in Comics, "Batman" and "Superman".
19Refuses to use Digital Intermediates for his films, instead opting to use the photochemical timing process.
20Prefers shooting on film stock over digital, and has been outspoken against the threat by studios to phase out the use of film as a choice over digital.
21He and Spider-Man (2002) director Sam Raimi are the only directors to do three live-action comic book adaptations of the same character.
22Is the first director to do three live-action film adaptations of the DC Comics character Batman.
23First cousin of Miranda Nolan, whom he gave minor roles in Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Miranda's brother Tom had a minor role in Batman Begins (2005).
24Adapted Ruth Rendell's novel, "The Keys to the Street", into a screenplay that he was set to direct for Fox Searchlight after Insomnia (2002). However, he instead went on to direct Batman Begins (2005). "Keys to the Street" remains unproduced.
25Considers Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott as his primary influences.
26His film, Interstellar (2014), is the sixth consecutive movie of his to have a role played by Michael Caine.
27Was doing camera and sound work on training videos before making his film debut.
28As of 2014, 7 out of 9 films Nolan directed are on the IMDB's top 250: The Dark Knight (2008), Batman Begins (2005), Memento (2000), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Interstellar (2014). The two films missing are Insomnia (2002) and Following (1998).
29Always has both his American and British passports with him at all times, just in case of emergency.
30Resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Emma Thomas and their four children.
31Is a huge fan of the rock band Radiohead.
32Has both American and British citizenship.
33Spent his childhood moving back and forth between United Kingdom and the United States. His accent is mostly English, but occasionally varies into an American accent. Nolan is comfortable with and knowledgeable of both cultures.
34Following Insomnia (2002), his next project was going to be a Howard Hughes biopic starring Jim Carrey. Nolan had the screenplay written (calling it "one of the best things I've ever written"), but once it became apparent Martin Scorsese was making his own Hughes biopic, The Aviator (2004), Nolan reluctantly tabled his script and took up directing Batman Begins (2005).
35Does not like computer graphics in movies and purposely avoided them when he made Batman Begins (2005).
36His top ten favorite movies are: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), The Hitcher (1986), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), as well as anything by Stanley Kubrick.
37Is a huge fan of James Bond, and said to David S. Goyer, that his favorite James Bond movie is On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
38Received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from University College London.
39Is red and green colorblind.
40Nephew of John Nolan and Kim Hartman.
41Older brother of Jonathan Nolan.
42Gained major funding during the 1999 Hong Kong Film Festival by showing his film Following (1998) and then asking the audience to donate money to his next film Memento (2000).

#Quote
1[on Kodak's new Super 8 camera] The news that Kodak is enabling the next generation of filmmakers with access to an upgraded and enhanced version of the same analogue technology that first made me fall in love with cinematic storytelling is unbelievably exciting. [2016]
2[on why his films often show multiple dimensions] It might be unusual in movies, but it's very well established in other media. I'm very inspired by the prints of M.C. Escher and the interesting connection-point or blurring of boundaries between art and science, and art and mathematics. I'm thinking of his Penrose steps illustrations that inspired Inception. Also, the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentinian writer, wrote all kinds of incredible short stories that dealt with paradox. But I feel like films are uniquely suited towards addressing paradox, recursiveness, and worlds-within-worlds. [2014]
3[on his cinematic inspirations for The Dark Knight (2008)] I always felt Heat (1995) to be a remarkable demonstration of how you can create a vast universe within one city and balance a very large number of characters and their emotional journeys in an effective manner.
4I don't look at the scale of the films in terms of money or the physical size of what we're shooting. It's in terms of my life, my time, however much I'm investing in it. It took me a couple of years to make Following (1998) and another year to take it round the festival circuit. It was and remains a huge movie to me.
5There are filmmakers who pride themselves on "one for the studio, one for me", and I just don't see it that way. I have an opportunity that very few filmmakers get, to do something on a huge scale that I can control completely and make as personal as I want, so I feel a big responsibility to make the most of it. Because there are tremendous filmmakers out there who will never get that opportunity but would do something extraordinary with it.
6Many of the filmmakers I've admired over the years have used sound in bold and adventurous ways. I don't agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions - I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal - picture and sound.
7If I don't need to be directing the shots that go in the movie, why do I need to be there at all? The screen is the same size for every shot. The little shot of, say, a watch on someone's wrist, will occupy the same screen size as the shot of a thousand people running down the street. Everything is equally weighted and needs to be considered with equal care, I really do believe that. I don't understand the criteria for parceling things off. Many action films embrace a second unit taking on all of the action. For me, that's odd because then why did you want to do an action film?
8I think anytime you look at science fiction in movies, there are key touchstones; Metropolis (1927), Blade Runner (1982), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Whenever you're talking about getting off the planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is somewhat unavoidable.
9I think I'm not so much a fan of science fiction as I am a fan of cinema that creates worlds, that creates an entire alternate universe that you could escape into for a couple of hours.
10We tried with all three [Batman] films, but in the most extreme way with The Dark Knight Rises (2012), what I call this sort of snowballing approach to action and events. We experimented with this in The Dark Knight (2008), where the action is not based on clean and clear set pieces the way Batman Begins (2005) was, but we pushed it much further in this film. The scope and scale of the action is built from smaller pieces that snowball together so you're cross-cutting, which I love doing, and trying to find a rhythm in conjunction with the music and the sound effects, so you're building and building tension continuously over a long sustained part of the film, and not releasing that until the very last frame. It's a risky strategy because you risk exhausting your audience, but to me it's the most invigorating way of approaching the action film. It's an approach I applied with Inception (2010) as well, to have parallel strands of tension rising and rising and then coming together. In "The Dark Knight Rises," from the moment the music and sound drop and the little boy starts singing "The Star-Spangled Banner", it's kind of like the gloves are coming off. I've been amazed and delighted how people have accepted the extremity of where things go.
11For me, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it, and the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody, and that was very important to us. Not every Batman fan will necessarily agree with that interpretation of the philosophy of the character, but for me it all comes back to the scene between Bruce Wayne and Alfred in the private jet in Batman Begins (2005), where the only way that I could find to make a credible characterization of a guy transforming himself into Batman is if it was as a necessary symbol, and he saw himself as a catalyst for change and therefore it was a temporary process, maybe a five-year plan that would be enforced for symbolically encouraging the good of Gotham to take back their city. To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he's more than that. He's a symbol, and the symbol lives on.
12[regarding his canceled Howard Hughes film] Luckily I managed to find another wealthy, quirky character who's orphaned at a young age.
13We're definitely well into a phase where our actors are not willing to brand themselves as movie stars, the way actors of the past did. When you look at a guy like Christian (Bale), whether he's wearing a mask or not, this is one of our great actors. But he wants to be different in every film. He doesn't want the audience to go to a 'Christian Bale movie'. He wants them to come see the character he's playing.
14If you're trying to challenge an audience and make them look at elements in a different way, you've got to give them a familiar context to hang onto...But you have to be very aware that the audience is extremely ruthless in its demand for newness, novelty and freshness.
15Anybody who sees an original-negative print of a film shot in IMAX is looking at the best image quality available to filmmakers today. As long as any new technology is required to measure up to that, I think film has to remain the future.
16I sometimes get frustrated with studio executives - and indeed critics - who will watch a film in a very linear way and make notes as they go, because that's not how movies work. You get to the end - the audience gets to the end - and then you take about five minutes to decide "Okay, what was all that?" and your brain really looks at everything in a different way and then you decide. And that's why endings are so important and that's why you really have to get to the end of a movie before you know what it is.
17[reacting to the premiere shooting in Aurora, Colorado] Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting, but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.
18Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.
19Films are subjective - what you like, what you don't like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it's the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they've done, I want that effort there-I want that sincerity. And when you don't feel it, that's the only time I feel like I'm wasting my time at the movies.
20I always find myself gravitating to the analogy of a maze. Think of film noir and if you picture the story as a maze, you don't want to be hanging above the maze watching the characters make the wrong choices because it's frustrating. You actually want to be in the maze with them, making the turns at their side, that keeps it more exciting... I quite like to be in that maze.
21[on the budget of Following (1998)] We've got a pretty serious claim on being the cheapest film ever made.
22I didn't go to film school. I guess my whole experience has been just to make films. What I've talked about on the commentary to the DVD of Following (1998) is the production method and how things came about. I feel like that might be a point of interest that a lot of people might be thinking about with their own films, so I've tried to put in as much of the detail as I can remember. The more I've thought about it, the more I've realized that everybody's situation is unique, and the one thing I've learned is that instead of copying someone else's model for a low-budget film, you really have to look at what you've got available and see how you can tell the story you want to tell, using the things that you have around you. That's what we did with "Following", and on the DVD I try to explain how it worked for us and what I learned from it, but at the same time suggest that it'll be different for someone else.
23The procedure is basically to try to get into film festivals. I'm half American, so I was able to come over to America and live here and start battering the American film festivals. There are a lot of great festivals, not just Sundance. So the key is to get it screened at a festival and start interesting people there.
24[on Memento (2000)] The budget was about £ 3 million, which is low for an independent film - but yes, it was a huge leap of faith. "Memento" was clearly on a bigger scale than Following (1998) but, at the same time, there were very strong stylistic connections. People want to see something that shows them you can do what you say. That's the trick.
25At the time I did Following (1998), I was looking at the American ultra-low-budget model that didn't really exist in the UK. A low-budget film in England tended to be about £500,000 to £600,000. In America, there was a tradition of guys like Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith making films for thousands, and that's what we'd been doing for short films. So it was really just a case of using that knowledge and expanding it to feature length. I hear of people doing it in the UK now and I think that's a great thing.
26Working with a legend like Michael Caine is about as enjoyable and relaxing an experience on set as one could hope for. His vast experience gives him an air of good-humored calm that you could almost mistake for complacency until the camera rolls, and you see his focus and efficiency nail each scene on the first take. He once told me that he's never asked for a second take -- he's happy to do one if you have an idea for him to try, but he brings a definitive interpretation to every line. His method has the casual air of effortlessness that can only come from decades of dogged hard work, and you sense that he's still as hungry for every last morsel of a part as he was when he first captured everyone's imagination. A fine actor first, and screen icon second, he's a director's dream.
27We all wake up in the morning wanting to live our lives the way we know we should. But we usually don't, in small ways. That's what makes a character like Batman so fascinating. He plays out our conflicts on a much larger scale.
28I never considered myself a lucky person. I'm the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am.
29But there's a very limited pool of finance in the UK. To be honest, it's a very clubby kind of place. In Hollywood there's a great openness, almost a voracious appetite for new people. In England there's a great suspicion of the new. In cultural terms, that can be a good thing, but when you're trying to break into the film industry, it's definitely a bad thing. I never had any luck with interesting people in small projects when I was doing Following (1998). Never had any support whatsoever from the British film industry, other than Working Title, the company that [producer] Emma Thomas was working for at the time. They let me use their photocopier, stuff like that, which is not to be underestimated.
30Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. He's not from another planet, or filled with radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: he's a human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide.
31I think there's a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I've felt it.
32[on casting Batman Begins (2005)] Batman is a marvelously complex character - somebody who has absolute charm and then, just like that, can turn it into ice-cold ruthlessness. There are very few actors who can do that, and Christian is one of them.
33[on using CGI in Batman Begins (2005)] I think there's a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal, I know I've felt it. The demand we put on ourselves was to be as spectacular as possible, but not depend on computer graphics to do it.
34I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons.
35The term 'genre' eventually becomes pejorative because you're referring to something that's so codified and ritualised that it ceases to have the power and meaning it had when it first started. What I'm trying to do is to create modern equivalents that speak to me of those tropes that have more of the original power.
36Yes, to me that's one of the most compelling fears in film noir and the psychological thriller genre - that fear of conspiracy. It's definitely something that I have a fear of - not being in control of your own life. I think that's something people can relate to, and those genres are most successful when they derive the material from genuine fears that people have.
37A lot of it is being done in commercials and music videos. I've never done them, but I think that those are forms in which cross-cutting and parallel action are absolutely standard and accepted as a mainstream language. Film-makers like myself enjoy the fruits of that experimentation and absorption by the mainstream. I think people's capacity to absorb a fractured mise-en-scene is extraordinary now compared to forty years ago.
38As soon as television became the only secondary way in which films were watched, films had to adhere to a pretty linear system, whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and answer the phone and not really lose your place.
39...I studied English Literature. I wasn't a very good student, but one thing I did get from it, while I was making films at the same time with the college film society, was that I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well.
40[on different acting styles] The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.

#Trademark
1Protagonists have a desire to return to their children (Cobb in Inception (2010) and Cooper in Interstellar (2014))
2His films almost always end with a sudden (and very effective) smash cut to black. (Memento (2002), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), and especially Inception (2010) are prime examples.)
3Many of his films contain a scene where the dynamic of a conversation changes when one of the characters reveals that he owns the establishment or event the characters are currently attending/talking about (e.g. a restaurant in The Dark Knight (2008), a charity ball in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), an airline in Inception (2010), or is closely linked with the person who does (a bar in Following (1998)). This strangely specific trademark reaches its furthest extreme in Batman Begins (2005) when, at the end of a scene, Bruce Wayne actually buys the place he is in (a restaurant) to change the dynamic between him and an angry waiter.
4Frequently uses symmetric image composition, possibly inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
5Often works with editor Lee Smith, composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley and wife-producer Emma Thomas.
6His antagonists are often motivated by a philosophical belief rather than money
7Villains in his films often threaten to harm the hero's friends or family
8Enormous visual scope and heavy emphasis on location and architecture
9His films almost always end with the character's fate open to interpretation
10Never uses non-diegetic soundtrack music - soundtrack music is always used diegetically (that is, it is always played from a source within the film that the characters themselves can hear, like a radio..."Non, je ne regrette rien" by Edith Piaf was used by the characters as a kick in Inception (2010))
11Very frequently his films contain blackmail, attempted blackmail or a reference to blackmail.
12Characters who are unreliable narrators (e.g. Borden, through his journal, in The Prestige (2006), the Joker through his conflicting monologues in The Dark Knight (2008), and Leonard through his memory problem and 'conditioning' from Memento (2000), Dom with his mind in Inception (2010)
13The original scores of his films usually play over most of the film, or one piece of music will play over many small scenes, as if they are edited in a montage; there are few moments in his films when there is no music playing in the background.
14Displays the title before the ending credits (Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2006), The Dark Knight Rises (2012))
15Uses camera revolving around a character. (The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2005), Memento (2002) and Inception (2010))
16Often casts non-American actors in American roles. (e.g. Guy Pearce, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson)
17His films' protagonists have mostly lost their loved ones and/or failed in love, a circumstance that causes them turn into malevolent and/or apathetic forever. (e.g. Leonard in Memento (2000) has lost his wife in a brutal murder in the past, Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins (2005) has lost Rachel Dawes' faith in him throughout the film, Borden in The Prestige (2006) does not get his wife's love because of his character's 'act' in the movie and Angier loses his beloved in a mishap during a magic trick, Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight (2008) loses Rachel as well as Bruce Wayne is not able to win her love back)
18Frequently in his films, at some crucial moment, the protagonists feel let down or betrayed by their mentors whom they have been following blindly and with respect. (e.g. The protagonist being cheated by Cobb in Following (1998), Leonard "discovering" that Teddy is the culprit in Memento (2000), Hilary Swank's character respecting Al Pacino as a great detective in Insomnia (2002) only to find out that he is also flawed, Bruce Wayne and Liam Neeson's character's confrontation in Batman Begins (2005), Cutter not supporting Angier in The Prestige (2006), Ariadne feeling betrayed by her mentor Cobb when he does not tell her about Mal's domain over his dreams in Inception (2010), Blake feeling let down by Gordon when his lie about Dent's death is exposed in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Murph finding out the truth about Professor Brand's work in Interstellar (2014).
19Typically ends his films with a character giving a philosophical monologue
20Lonely troubled protagonists who are unwillingly forced to hide their true identity from the world.
21His films often have obsessive protagonists with a troubled past, who are obsessed to gain justice by any means in life (e.g. Leonard in Memento (2000), Al Pacino's character in Insomnia (2002), Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins (2005). Also the protagonist of Following (1998) and Hugh Jackman in The Prestige (2006) were obsessive)
22His characters often gain a physical or psychological handicap in the course of the film (SPOILERS: in The Prestige (2006), Angier gets a crippled leg while Borden loses two fingers; in The Dark Knight (2008), Salvatore Maroni gets a crippled leg; in Insomnia (2002), Dormer gets insomnia; in Memento (2000), Leonard gains a memory handicap, the event of which is shown in flashback during the film)
23His protagonists will often resort to tactics of physical or psychological torture to gain information (e.g. (SPOILERS) in Batman Begins (2005), Batman uses the hallucinagenic fear compound on Jonathan Crane in order to gain information about his "boss"; in The Prestige (2006), Angier buries Borden's assistant alive in order to get Borden to talk; in The Dark Knight (2008), Batman throws Salvatore Maroni off a building, breaking his legs, in order to gain information about the Joker; in the same movie, Harvey Dent puts a gun to one of the Joker's henchman and flips a coin for his life every second he doesn't talk to scare him into talking. Also in this movie, Batman uses physical intimidation for the interrogation of the Joker; in Insomnia (2002), Dormer drives into oncoming traffic in order to scare the victim's best friend into talking; in Inception (2010), Cobb demands that Saito discloses information to him on gunpoint; in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Batman physically threatens Bane to accquire the location of the trigger).
24All of his films contain a major referential connection to his prior film (e.g. the Joker performs a deadly magic trick in The Dark Knight (2008); Nolan's previous film, The Prestige (2006), was about magicians performing magic tricks that turn deadly).
25Frequently uses hard cuts when transitioning to the next scenes. This is most prominent in his films from Batman Begins (2005) onward, especially in The Dark Knight (2008), where, in some instances, the hard cuts he uses will go so far as to nearly cut off character's lines in order to quickly and efficiently get to the next scene.
26Often casts actors in roles contrary to their usual screen persona
27The storyline in his films usually involves a determined character seeking vengeance over the death of a loved one. (Examples: Guy Pearce in Memento (2000), Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005), Hugh Jackman in The Prestige (2006), Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight (2008), and Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)).
28His films usually revolve around characters that are afflicted with some kind of psychological disorder. (Examples: Guy Pearce's short-term memory "condition" in Memento (2000), Al Pacino's titular sleeping disorder in Insomnia (2002), Christian Bale's phobia of bats in Batman Begins (2005) and Aaron Eckhart's dual personality in The Dark Knight (2008) and Leonardo DiCaprio not being able to grasp onto reality in Inception (2010)).
29His endings have a recurring theme of justified dishonesty. (Examples: Guy Pearce's "Do I lie to myself to be happy" monologue in Memento (2000), Michael Caine's closing remark that the audience "wants to be fooled" from The Prestige (2006) and Christian Bale's rationale of how the citizens of Gotham City "deserve to have their faith rewarded" in the ending of The Dark Knight (2008)).
30Crosscutting several scenes of parallel action to build to a climax (The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Interstellar (2014)).
31Non-linear timelines (Following (1998), Memento (2000), Batman Begins (2005) and The Prestige (2006))
32Films conclude with the two central characters discussing the results which have stemmed from the events of the film.
33Opening scenes are usually a flashback or a piece of a scene from the middle or ending of the movie.
34Frequently casts Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.
35Begins his movies and introduces his main characters with a close up of their hands performing an action.

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