From Jaws to Moonraker, and The Blues Brothers to Willy Wonka, Clare Rawling knows her movies.
Now the big screen fanatic is to appear on the small screen showing off her vast collection of film-inspired memorabilia.
Clare, 33, is the owner of Poulton-based store The Best Little Film House and is set to appear on Channel 4’s popular business programme, Four Rooms.
Clare, who specialises in selling rare, original artwork from the movies to like minded fans, starred in Four Rooms which gives enthusiasts the chance to sell their rare or unique items to one of four bidders in the hope of getting the highest return.
Clare went on the show in order to sell “a collection of original, linen backed film posters to sell together.”
Clare is looking at the Hollywood trend of using digital posters as a sign that posters in paper form may not exist for much longer.
She said: “What I want to make clear is that posters are being phased out in favour of digital artwork and now you can buy this artwork as an investment.”
This sentiment seems to be shared by Clare’s customers.
She says “Sales have gone crazy recently. In the last few days I’ve sold two original posters, one of The Great Escape and one of From Russia With Love, to the value of £2,000.”
However, running a business based on antiquities has its drawbacks. “Once I’ve sold something,” she said, “It is becoming increasingly hard for us to reacquire something to replace it.”
Clare travels across the country to sell the increasingly elusive artwork.
“I’m going to MCM Expo in Birmingham, which is our biggest show of the year.
“I take pre-orders and carry posters to the convention for people to pick up.”
Despite selling posters that graced cinema foyers over 70 years ago, The Best Little Film House is still a new enterprise. “I’ve just filed our second official year of accounts which show that we’re in profit and business is going really well.”
She is due to appear in the next series of Four Rooms in early 2015.