Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

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

Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

Lecturer in Film Theory and Practice

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


The Finnish documentary: A critical overview of historical perspectives and thematic developmentsSills-Jones, D. & Kääpä, P. 2016 In : Studies in Documentary Film.10, 2, p. 89-10516 p., 1
Y Gors: Ffilm Ddogfen Creadigol / Erthygl: The Bog: Creative Documentary Film / ArticleSills-Jones, D., Jones, N. & Carty, A. M. 2016
Finnish Documentary Film CultureSills-Jones, D. & Kaapa, P. 2016 In : Studies in Documentary Film.10, 2, p. 89-231142 p.
Before the history boom: Revisiting UK television history documentary productionSills-Jones, D. 2016 In : Critical Studies in Television.11, 1, p. 78-95
The Teliesyn Co-Operative: national broadcasting, production organisation and TV aestheticsSills-Jones, D. 2015 Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Culture. Chignell, H., Franklin, I. & Skoog, K. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 169-183
17: Esikaupunkinen Sinfonia: 17: a Suburban Symphony (Creative documentary film)Sills-Jones, D. 2014
Rhwng dau faes: Taliesyn a strwythurau cynhyrchu radical yn hanes cynnar S4CSills-Jones, D. 2013 In : Cyfrwng.10, n/a, p. 18-34 n/a
HSL: Sörnäinen to Vuosaari’ & ‘Lohikaarme Fair: Audio DocumentariesSills-Jones, D. 2013
History on UK TV: The Rise of ReconstructionSills-Jones, D. 2012 Spiel mit der Wirklichkeit: Zur Entwicklung doku-fiktionaler Formate in Film und Fernsehen. Hoffman, K., Kilborn, R. & Barg, W. C. (eds.). UVK Verlagsgesellschaft, p. 255-266 (Close up; vol. 22)
Restorative Justice and Elder Abuse: Research FilmSills-Jones, D. 2012
'Ar Wasgar ar Hyd y Fro': Arbrawf mewn darllen rhyngdysgyblaetholChapman, T. & Sills-Jones, D. 2011 In : Gwerddon.9
Pwy Yw T.H.?: A 12 simultaneous video screen installation.Sills-Jones, D. & Chapman, R. 2010
The Second World War in Colour: The UK History Documentary Boom and Colour ArchiveSills-Jones, D. 2010 In : Journal of British Cinema and Television.7, 12, p. 115-130 8
Translation as Close ReadingSills-Jones, D. 2010 In : Aberystwyth University Journal of Academic Practice.1
A Return to the ‘Big' Discourse : Interviewing History Documentary-MakersSills-Jones, D. 2007 In : Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN.1, 1