Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones BA (Hons), PgDip, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA

Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

Lecturer in Media Production Cultures

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Dafydd specialises in the history and theory of television and documentary film. Before returning to University to study for a PhD he worked in media production for ten years as a researcher, director and producer. He is currently researching the development of the Verite documentary in the 1990s, the beginnings of interactive television and contemporary documentary film practice.

Additional Information

Founding Member and Trustee: Wales Documentary Network - www.dogfen.net

Moderator and Host: Docpoint Film festival, Helsinki - www.docpoint.info

PhD Examiner: Anglia Ruskin University (2013), Salford University (2015); Aalto University, Helsinki (2015)

External Examiner: BSc Communications at University of Wales (MIT Cairo, 2014); BA Film Production, University of Suffolk (2014-); BA Film Production, University of Worcester (2016-); MA Documentary Practice, University of Ulster (2015-).

External Degree Validator: Southampton Solent University (2011); University of South Wales (2015)

Research Associate: The Science Museum, London (2012)

Executive Board Member: 'Cyfrwng' Peer-Reviewed Journal (2011-)

External Book Proposal Reviewer: Bloomsbury US (2012); Routledge (2015)



Media Production Studies The European Documentary Tradition Contemporary Documentary Film Practice Filmmaking as Research



Sills-Jones, D., Kääpä, P. 2016. The Finnish documentary: A critical overview of historical perspectives and thematic developments. Studies in Documentary Film 10 (2) 1 pp. 89-105. 10.1080/17503280.2016.1221661 Cadair

Sills-Jones, D.Jones, N.Carty, A.M. 2016. Y Gors: Ffilm Ddogfen Creadigol / Erthygl: The Bog: Creative Documentary Film / Article. [The Bog] Other Cadair

Sills-Jones, D., Kaapa, P. 2016. Finnish Documentary Film Culture. Studies in Documentary Film 10 (2) pp. 89-231. Cadair

Sills-Jones, D. 2016. Before the history boom: Revisiting UK television history documentary production. Critical Studies in Television 11 (1) pp. 78-95. 10.1177/1749602015619633 Cadair


Sills-Jones, D. 2015. The Teliesyn Co-Operative: national broadcasting, production organisation and TV aesthetics. In H. Chignell., I. Franklin., K. Skoog. (eds) Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Culture. Springer Nature pp. 169-183. Other Cadair


Sills-Jones, D. 2014. 17: Esikaupunkinen Sinfonia: 17: a Suburban Symphony (Creative documentary film). Other Cadair


Sills-Jones, D. 2013. Rhwng dau faes: Taliesyn a strwythurau cynhyrchu radical yn hanes cynnar S4C. Cyfrwng 10 pp. 18-34. Cadair

Sills-Jones, D. 2013. HSL: Sörnäinen to Vuosaari’ & ‘Lohikaarme Fair: Audio Documentaries. Other Cadair


Sills-Jones, D. 2012. History on UK TV: The Rise of Reconstruction. In K. Hoffman., R. Kilborn., W. C. Barg. (eds) Spiel mit der Wirklichkeit: Zur Entwicklung doku-fiktionaler Formate in Film und Fernsehen. Close up, vol. 22 UVK Verlagsgesellschaft pp. 255-266. Cadair

Sills-Jones, D. 2012. Restorative Justice and Elder Abuse: Research Film. Cadair


Chapman, T., Sills-Jones, D. 2011. 'Ar Wasgar ar Hyd y Fro': Arbrawf mewn darllen rhyngdysgyblaethol. Gwerddon 9 Other Cadair


Sills-Jones, D.Chapman, R. 2010. Pwy Yw T.H.?: A 12 simultaneous video screen installation. [Who Is T.H.?] Other Cadair

Sills-Jones, D. 2010. The Second World War in Colour: The UK History Documentary Boom and Colour Archive. Journal of British Cinema and Television 7 (12) 8 pp. 115-130. 10.3366/E174345210900137X Cadair

Sills-Jones, D. 2010. Translation as Close Reading. Aberystwyth University Journal of Academic Practice 1 Cadair


Sills-Jones, D. 2007. A Return to the ‘Big' Discourse : Interviewing History Documentary-Makers. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN 1 (1) Other Cadair