WILLIAM LEE as John Dunn
William Lee portrays the tragic youth, John Dunn. At 19 years of age, he remains the youngest man in Australian history to be executed. For almost a year, Dunn rode with Ben Hall and Gilbert and cemented his place in history as one of Australia's most notorious bushranger youths.
William Lee an was born to ride horses, taught by his father from a very young age. William is excited to get back in the saddle, to portray the young gang member, John Dunn - the famous jockey-turned-outlaw.
William started training at Howard Fine Acting Studios Australia, and has recently visited Los Angeles to expand his industry knowledge and study at the studio in LA. For his first onscreen role, William was awarded "Best Actor" at The Brown Paper Bag Film Festival, for his role in the short film 'Home', he then went on to do many other short films, commercials and a brief skit on the "2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Great Debate'.
The sold out show, 'The Scare" at LaMama was his last onstage performance, and he is very excited to be working on future stage and film projects, including some of his own.
The real John Dunn, circa 1865
"Leading up to casting, I went crazy looking online to find information on the legendary Ben Hall, there were so many interesting facts and stories, he was a legend and Matthew has done a great job to encapsulate his story, and his final days. I knew I would have to fight for the role, and I did. Now I get to play John Dunn, and prove my position in the gang!"
John Dunn was an Australian bushranger. He was born at Murrumburrah near Yass, New South Wales.
Dunn joined the Hall gang in October 1864, a welcomed new member after police captured gang members Dunleavy and Mount. I
On 26 January 1865, Hall, Gilbert and Dunn were at Collector, where Dunn twice shot and killed the local police officer, Constable Samuel Nelson, the sole policeman in the township.
After Hall and Gilbert were killed, Dunn went into hiding. On 18 December, Dunn was betrayed by those he trusted and after a fight with police was wounded and captured near Coonamble.
He was 19 years old when he was hanged in Darlinghurst Gaol.