Jack Lee started out as an editor for the General Post Office, a British government-sponsored film unit. In 1940, the year that the GPO matriculated into the Crown Film unit of the Ministry of Information, Lee edited the legendary documentary London Can Take It. Promoted to director in 1941, he spent the war years helming Crown's morale-boosting "reality" efforts. In 1947, he moved to Wessex Films, where he wrote and directed his first dramatic feature, The Woman in the Hall. With his extensive background in government propaganda films, it is small wonder that some of Lee's best directorial efforts were war pictures, including The Wooden Horse (1951) and A Town Like Alice (1956). In 1961, Jack Lee relocated to Australia, where he forsook directing to run his own production company.