Screen writer and director Christopher Nolan Screen writer and director Christopher Nolan. His film Memento is about a man who is unable to make new memories since the violent murder of his wife. He seeks to avenge her death. The movie stars Guy Pearce, with Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano. The script for Memento was based on a short story written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan's brother. Memento is Christopher Nolan's second feature film; his first was the critically acclaimed 1998 film Following. It will be released on DVD and video next month.