The cast of Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, photo courtesy of Endemol Shine Australia
A former journalist and foreign correspondent, Christopher Lee was creator and writer of the ABC drama series Stringer, Head Writer then Script Executive of the ABC/BBC drama series Police Rescue and co-writer of the ABC mini-series The Bodysurfer for which he won an AFI Best Screenplay Award.
As Head Writer he wrote four of the six Cody telemovies for the Seven Network. He was co-creator and Head Writer of the Network Ten drama series Big Sky, wrote the SBS teleplay That Man’s Father and co-wrote the ABC telemovie Secret Men’s Business. He was Script Executive for the Showtime drama series Love My Way and an originating writer of the Network Ten series The Secret Life of Us.
More recently Christopher wrote the telemovie Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo for the ABC; Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War for the Nine Network; and the eight-hour mini-series Gallipoli for Endemol and the Nine Network.
He is a four-time AWGIE Award winner: for the documentary Saturday, Saturday; the Sky UK-Seven Network four-hour mini-series Do or Die; the telemovie pilot for the Ten/Channel 4 UK drama The Secret Life of Us and for an episode of the Ten Police drama series Rush which he co-created and Script Produced.
He has written drama-documentaries for BBC Radio and worked as a script consultant in New Zealand, Singapore and New York. He has lectured in screenwriting at Canberra University, NIDA and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
He is an award-winning short story writer, author of the novel Bush Week published by Angus & Robertson; writer of the book Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War published by University of New South Wales Press; and the novel Seasons of War published by Penguin Australia.
He is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services to Australian television, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the AWG’s Foxtel Fellowship for excellence in screenwriting.