Christopher Lee (writer)

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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.

Screenwriting[edit]

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.

Publishing[edit]

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]

Lecturer[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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