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Christopher Nolan's Inception tops British box office
Christopher Nolan
The director went to school in Herts

The film Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan has gone straight to the top of the British box office.

Christopher who directed the Batman film, the Dark Knight, went to Hailey Bury College near Hertford.

His new film, Inception sees Leonardo DiCaprio enter the human mind and invade dreams.

The film carries the warning that a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

Early days

The film writer and director was born on 30 July 1970 in London but went to school in Hertfordshire.

Later, Christopher learned the intricacies of English literature at University College London.

Christopher started shooting films with a camera borrowed from his father.

As a child he made short films and later in life while he was in the University College London film society.

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight

His First Short Film, Tarantella was shown in 1989 on Public Broadcasting Service in America.

In 1996 during the Cambridge Film Festival Larceny the second short film by Christopher Nolan was shown.

Nolan spent considerable time between London and Chicago and holds a dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States of America as his father was from the UK and his mother from the US.

He married Emma Thomas in 1997 a film producer and ardent admirer of Nolan's work.

The couple have four children residing with them in Los Angeles.

Christopher has had many triumphs over the years with his films which include Insomnia and Memento.

He often collaborates with his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and directing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight saw the popularity of the Batman franchise rocket.

Work on The Dark Knight with Christian Bale playing Batman began in early 2007 and was released on 16 July 2008 in Australia and 18 July 2008 in the United States.

Critical acclaim

It received overwhelming critical acclaim and set the record for the highest grossing weekend opening in the U.S. with over $158 million and becoming the 2nd highest grossing film of all time domestically, and the fourth-highest worldwide at the time.

At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, Christopher Nolan accepted the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture on behalf of actor, Heath Ledger, who died in January 2008 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Christopher was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director for The Dark Knight.

A rotating corridor in Inception
Christopher's new film, Inception

While the movie did not receive any nominations for the five major categories at the 81st Academy Awards, it was nominated for a total of eight awards.

The film won two Oscars, the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger.

His latest film Inception topped the North American box office taking $60.4m (£39.5m) on its opening weekend.

His up coming movie is an adaptation of The Prisoner a 1960s series based on the life of a British secret-agent

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