Photograph of Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones.Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

Director of Postgraduate Studies & Lecturer in Media Production Cultures
BA (Hons), PgDip, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA


Office: B33a Hugh Owen Building
Phone: 01970 628464
Fax: 01970622831


Leader of MA Creative Media in Welsh


Media Production Studies

The European Documentary Tradition

Early Interactive Television

Contemporary Documentary Film Practice


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 Verité documentary in the 1990s, the beginnings of interactive television and contemporary documentary film practice.


Documentary History, Theory and Practice; Television Studies; Media Studies

´╗┐Module Co-ordinator for:

Production Research Work Placement,

Advanced Film and TV Documentary Production,

The Documentary Tradition,

Contemporary Documentary

Factual Television



(2014) ‘17’: Documentary Film. Direction, Camera & Editing (Aberystwyth University)

(2013) ‘HSL: Sörnäinen to Vuosaari’ & ‘Lohikaarme Fair’: Audio Documentaries. Conception, Recording & Editing (Osso Echo Radio Project)

(2012) ‘Restorative Justice and Elder Abuse’: Research Film. Direction, Camera & Editing (Research Development OPAN Cymru & Aberystwyth University)

(2010) ‘Pwy Yw T.H.?’ [Who Is T.H.?’]: Video Installation. Direction, Camera & Editing (Aberystwyth University)

(2009-2014) ‘Prosiect Teliesyn’, website (



(2016) Sills-Jones & Kääpä (gol.//eds.) Special Edition: Finnish Documentary, in Studies in Documentary Film, Taylor & Francis.

(2015) ‘The Teliesyn Co-Operative: national broadcasting, production organisation and TV aesthetics’ from Franklin, Skoog and Hignell (eds.) Regional Aesthetics: Mapping British Media, London: Routledge.

(2015) ‘The History Documentary Dip: cultural transformation in UK TV history documentary production’, Critical Studies in Television, Manchester University Press.

(2013) ‘Rhwng Dau Faes: Teliesyn a strwythurau cynhyrchu radical yn hanes cynnar S4C’ [‘Between two fields: Teliesyn and radical media production structures in the early history of S4C’], Cyfrwng, 10.

(2012) ‘History on UK TV: The Rise of Reconstruction’, in Barg, W., Kilborn, R., Hoffmann, K. Docu-fictions: Staging and Representing the Real, UVK Verlag Konstanz.

(2011) ‘ ‘Ar Wasgar Hyd Y Fro’: Arbrawf mewn darllen rhyngddisgyblaethol’ [‘‘Scattered throughout the locality’: an experiment in trans-disciplinary reading’], Gwerddon, Rh.9.

(2010) ‘Translation as Close Reading’, in Aberystwyth University Journal of Academic Practice, Vol.1.

(2010) ‘The Second World War in Colour: The UK History Documentary Boom and Colour Archive’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Issue 12.

(2007) ‘A Return to the ‘Big’ Discourse: Interviewing History Documentary-Makers’, Networking Knowledge, Vo.1, No.1.

Additional Interests

External Validation Panel Member of Southampton Solent University’s ‘Media Culture and Production’ degree.