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: D40 Hugh Owen Building
Phone: 01970 628464
Fax: 01970622831


Director of Postgraduate Studies, Institute for Literature, Languages and Creative Arts (ILLCA) 

Teaching Areas

Documentary History, Theory and Practice; Media Studies

Module Co-ordinator for:

PhD Supervision:

Japanese Anime; Hyper-local News; Personal Essay Film Production; Climate Change and Documentary Film 


  • Media Production Studies
  • The European Documentary Tradition
  • Early Interactive Television
  • Contemporary Documentary Film Practice
  • Filmmaking as Research (Gwneud Ffilm Fel Ymchwil)


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.

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Additional Interests

Founding Member and Trustee: Wales Documentary Network –

Moderator and Host: Docpoint Film festival, Helsinki –

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

External Examiner: University of Wales (2014); UCS (2014-); MA Documentary Practice at University of Ulster

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)



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


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. Palgrave Macmillan pp. 169-183. Other


2014. 17: Documentary Film. Other


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


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

2012. Restorative Justice and Elder Abuse: Research Film.


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


Sills-Jones, D., 2010. Pwy Yw T.H.?: A 12 screen simultaneous video installation involving a choir of voices reciting the poems of T.H. together with contributors recalling their personal senses of significance of the poems. It takes an experimental look at the relationship between TV documentary and literature and seeks to deconstruct the orthodox linear narrative forms deployed by TV arts documentaries. Other

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

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


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