Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones

Associate Professor, Communication Studies (Screen Production)

Physical Address:

Physical Address:
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
WG 1210
2 Governor Fitzroy Place
AUT City Campus,
Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Postal Address:

Postal Address:
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
WG 1210, AUT University,
Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142,
New Zealand


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (Aberystwyth University)
  • PhD Media History (University of Wales)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Film Production: Documentary Option (Cardiff University)
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Related Literature (University of York)

Memberships and Affiliations:


After graduating from Cardiff University’s PgDip in Filmmaking (Documentary Option) under Brian Winston in 1996, Dafydd worked in the media industry in the UK in a number of sectors and roles, including producing, directing, and researching documentary, drama-documentary, interactive, commercials and corporate for local, network and digital channels.

He then studied for a PhD at Aberystwyth University, examining the connection between the changes in the political economy of television, and changes in history documentary form, between 1982 and 2002 on UK terrestrial television. Whilst studying he gained a post as Lecturer in Media Production Cultures, which he held from 2007 until July 2018.

During this period he has published in both ‘traditional’ scholarly mode (on history in the media, Welsh language media, Finnish documentary) and in ‘screen practice as research’ mode, making installations and films that have been screened in several countries and at major international festivals.

Research Areas:

  • Documentary film/media practice
  • Documentary film theory
  • Media ecology
  • Screen production practice as research
  • Screenwriting
  • Media literacy and education

Current Research Projects:

Guest editing (with Dr Paul Newland) a special edition of the  International Journal of Creative Media Research, on the theme of ' Grounded Place': https://www.creativemediaresearch.org/call-for-papers

Co-editing (with Dr Pietari Kääpä) a new series of books for Peter Lang on ' Documentary film Cultures': https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/DFC. This includes writing a book on Finnish documentary film/media with Dr Jouko Aaltonen and Dr Pietari Kääpä, and editing a collection of chapters on the documentary film/media culture of Wales with Professor Elin Haf Jones.

Completing a feature-length screen adaptation of the novella 'Cafflogion' by R Gerallt Jones.


Selected Screen Practice

  • Sills-Jones (forthcoming) Ond Wedyn Yna Nesaf [But After Then Next] (Documentary Film). Aberystwyth University.
  • Sills-Jones (2018) Y Dosbarth Melyn [The Yellow Classroom] (Documentary Film) Aberystwyth University.
  • Carty, Jones & Sills-Jones, 2016. Y Gors. [The Bog] (Documentary Film). AHRC 'Hydrocitizens', Coleg Cenedlaethol Cymru [Welsh National College], Aberystwyth University. Published by JMPScreenworks at:
  • http://screenworks.org.uk/archive/digital-ecologies-and-the-anthropocene/y-gors-the-bog
  • Thomas, Behraki & Sills-Jones. 2015. Blacklisted (Documentary film). Barking Mad TV & Aberystwyth University. https://vimeo.com/119331662.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2014. 17: Esikaupunkinen Sinfonia. (Documentary film) Aberystwyth University. https://vimeo.com/155562023.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2013. HSL: Sornainen-Vuosaari & Lohikaarme Fair (Audio Documentaries) in Savage, J. (curator) 'Audio portraits of place - Mapping the space between A and B', (Broadcast on Osso Echo Radio Project, September 22nd 2013, as part of Lisbon Biennale). https://vimeo.com/81090654.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2010. Pwy Yw T.H.? [Who is T.H.?] (Video installation). Prifysgol Aberystwyth. https://vimeo.com/20469661.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2009-2014. Prosiect Teliesyn. (Website) (Aberystwyth University / National Library of Wales).

Selected Professional Practice

  • 2004: Ramases: Wrath of God or Man?. Development Producer, History Documentary (Discovery Channel).
  • 2004: The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Researcher and Location Sound Recordist, Feature-Length Documentary (Seventh Art Productions)
  • 2001: Cut. Director, Interactive Docusoap (ichoosetv & pilot for Channel 4's 'The Salon')
  • 2000: Norwich Union: Interactive Services. Director, Interactive Advert (Sky Interactive)
  • 1999: The Battle of Withdean. Researcher, Current Affairs Documentary (BBC)
  • 1998: Atgof (Rememberance). Researcher and Co-Scriptwriter, Drama-Documentary (S4C)

Selected Academic Writing

  • Aaltonen, Sills-Jones & Kaapa (forthcoming) Documentary Film Cultures: Finland, Peter Lang.
  • Jones, Elin Haf Gruffydd & Sills-Jones, Dafydd (forthcoming) Welsh Documentary Culture, Peter Lang.
  • Sills-Jones, D. and Kaapa, P., (eds.) 2016. Special Edition: Finnish Documentary Film Culture. Studies in Documentary Film, 10(2), pp.89-213.
  • Sills-Jones, D. and Kaapa, P., 2016. The Finnish documentary: a critical overview of historical perspectives and thematic developments. Studies in Documentary Film, 10(2), pp.89-105.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2016. Before the history boom Revisiting UK television history documentary production. Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, 11(1), pp.78-95.
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2015. The Teliesyn Co-operative: National Broadcasting, Production Organisation and TV Aesthetics. Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Cultures, p.169
  • Sills-Jones , D 2013 , ' Rhwng dau faes: Teliesyn a strwythurau cynhyrchu radical yn hanes cynnar S4C ' [Between Two Fields: Teliesyn and radical production structures in the early years of S4C]. Cyfrwng , cyfrol 10 , rhif n/a , n/a , tt. 18-34 .
  • Sills-Jones, D., 2012. History on UK TV: The Rise of Reconstruction. Barg, W., Kilborn, R., Hoffmann, K. Docu-fictions: Staging and Representing the Real. UVK Verlag Konstanz.
  • Sills-Jones, D., Chapman, T. R., 2011. 'Ar Wasgar Hyd Y Fro': Arbrawf mewn darllen rhyngddisgyblaethol ['Scattered across the locale': An experiment in trans-disciplinary reading]. Gwerddon, Rh.9.
  • 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(1), pp.115-130.