Christopher Lee (writer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the Australian writer. For other uses, see Christopher Lee (disambiguation).

Christopher David Lee (born 28 March 1947) is an Australian award-winning scriptwriter who has been an Australian Associated Press journalist and foreign correspondent and has worked as a script consultant in New Zealand, Singapore and New York. He has won an AFI Award and four AWGIE Awards and is the recipient of a Centenary Medal and a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lee is the son of a country doctor and grew up in western New South Wales. He attended Newington College (1962-1964) as a boarder[2] and studied at Sydney University (BA) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.


He was the creator and writer of the ABC drama series Stringer, head writer and then script executive of the ABC-BBC drama series Police Rescue. He wrote four of the six Cody telemovies, and was co-creator and Head Writer of Big Sky. He was an originating writer (with Judi McCrossin) of The Secret Life of Us and co-creator and Head Writer of the short-lived soapie Echo Point. He is the co-creator of the television series Rush.[3] He wrote the SBS teleplay That Man’s Father, co-wrote the telemovie, Secret Men's Business (with Nicholas Hammond) and wrote the 4-hour mini-series Do or Die. Most recently, Lee has been the writer of the 2011 mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo [4]and the 2012 mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and the 8-hour mini-series "Gallipoli".


He is an award-winning short story writer, author of the novel Bush Week published by Angus & Robertson and writer of the book Howzat! Kerry Packer's War published by University of New South Wales Press.[5] and the novel "Seasons of War" published by Penguin Australia.


Lee has lectured in screenwriting at the University of Canberra, the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.


His hour of Bodysurfer won an AFI Award and he is a four-time AWGIE Award winner: for the documentary Saturday, Saturday; the mini-series Do or Die; the telemovie pilot for The Secret Life of Us; and for an episode of Rush which he co-created and script produced. Lee was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian television[6] and won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2011.[7]


  1. ^ RGM Artist Group – Christopher Lee Retrieved 13 August 2012
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 115
  3. ^ Australian Television Information Archive Retrieved 13 August 2012
  4. ^ Paper Giants – Credits Retrieved 13 August 2012
  5. ^ UNSWPress – Howzat! Retrieved 13 August 2012
  6. ^ He is the recipient of the Fox Fellowship for Excellence in Screenwriting. It's an Honour Retrieved 13 August 2012
  7. ^ Queensland Premier's Literary Awards – 2011 Retrieved 13 August 2012