Although born in Canada, Lee’s roots are in Yorkshire and he moved to England in 1995 to study in the film program at Leeds Metropolitan University. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award-winning Fujifilm Scholarship film, ‘On the Roof’ while studying in Leeds.
As a screenwriter, his work has won him top prizes via the Manchester International Short Film Festival for his comedy, ‘Bangers and Cash’. His feature crime thriller ‘The Pineville Heist’ with Todd Gordon was a top screenplay winner at the 2011 Canada International Film Festival. He snagged a nomination for Screenwriter of the Year in 2010 from the Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards for his work with Kris Ketonen on ‘Sum of Random Chance’ and won the prize two years later for his solo effort on ‘Hugh Jackman Saves The World’.
As a director Lee was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Ontario Award for Best Director for ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ in 2011. The film won 14 other awards and nominations and was selected by 46 film festivals worldwide.
His Make It Short Film Project community workshop events have attracted Executive Producer support from Academy Award winners such as Paul Haggis, Rogers Corman and Denys Arcand and have raised thousands of dollars for charity.