Rod Stoneman the Former Deputy Editor Independent Film & Video Channel 4 and CEO Irish Film Board discusses his childhood in Devon, his participation in grass root avant-garde film making in university and how this invariably accumulated in his notable success within the television and film industry.
On the motifs for the early television Rod watched in his youth he comments that, “early British television was a version of public service television, that was a context which introduced me to television in a way that provided useful material and part of the framework for growing up culturally.”
Rod found a creative and critically reflective space working, as Deputy Editor Independent Film & Video for Channel 4 were he could endeavour in an eclectic range of film genres. “It was a project to do a serious widening of the diversity of what was available on British television.”
Rod brought with him the ideas and ideologies of film making which made him a success at channel 4, “I transposed the same idea and approach that I learned in channel 4, Radical pluralism, that what we have to do is set a wide range of types of film and types of film making in action. The left version of radical pluralism is that, if you run a whole series of different versions of films and ideas about the world, rationality will prevail.”