Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

BA (Hons), PgDip, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA

Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

Lecturer in Media Production Cultures

Institute Director of Post Graduate Studies

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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, vol 10, no. 2, 1, pp. 89-105. DOI: 10.1080/17503280.2016.1221661
Sills-Jones, D, Jones, N & Carty, AM, Y Gors: Ffilm Ddogfen Creadigol / Erthygl: The Bog: Creative Documentary Film / Article, 2016, Digital or Visual Products.
Sills-Jones, D (ed.) & Kaapa, P (ed.) 2016, 'Finnish Documentary Film Culture' Studies in Documentary Film, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 89-231.
Sills-Jones, D 2016, 'Before the history boom: Revisiting UK television history documentary production' Critical Studies in Television, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 78-95. DOI: 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. Springer Nature, pp. 169-183.
Sills-Jones, D, 17: Esikaupunkinen Sinfonia: 17: a Suburban Symphony (Creative documentary film), 2014, Digital or Visual Products, Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University.
Sills-Jones, D 2013, 'Rhwng dau faes: Taliesyn a strwythurau cynhyrchu radical yn hanes cynnar S4C' Cyfrwng, vol 10, no. n/a, n/a, pp. 18-34.
Sills-Jones, D, HSL: Sörnäinen to Vuosaari’ & ‘Lohikaarme Fair: Audio Documentaries, 2013, Digital or Visual Products, Osso.
Sills-Jones, D 2012, History on UK TV: The Rise of Reconstruction. in K Hoffman, R Kilborn & WC Barg (eds), Spiel mit der Wirklichkeit: Zur Entwicklung doku-fiktionaler Formate in Film und Fernsehen. Close up, vol. 22, UVK Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 255-266.
Sills-Jones, D, Restorative Justice and Elder Abuse: Research Film, 2012, Digital or Visual Products, Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network .
Chapman, T & Sills-Jones, D 2011, ''Ar Wasgar ar Hyd y Fro': Arbrawf mewn darllen rhyngdysgyblaethol' Gwerddon, vol 9.
Sills-Jones, D & Chapman, R, Pwy Yw T.H.?: A 12 simultaneous video screen installation., 2010, Exhibition, Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, 'The Officer's Club' Exhibition Space, Aberystwyth.
Sills-Jones, D 2010, 'The Second World War in Colour: The UK History Documentary Boom and Colour Archive' Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol 7, no. 12, 8, pp. 115-130. DOI: 10.3366/E174345210900137X
Sills-Jones, D 2010, 'Translation as Close Reading' Aberystwyth University Journal of Academic Practice, vol 1.
Sills-Jones, D 2007, 'A Return to the ‘Big' Discourse : Interviewing History Documentary-Makers' Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN, vol 1, no. 1.