Teenage film buff teams up with Yard's bakery entrepreneur
A film-loving teenager has teamed up with a popular eatery to host a unique cinema and dining club.
Movie buff Ollie Adlam-Saunders, 16, is this week screening silent and subtitled films for diners at the Royal William Bakery in Plymouth's Royal William Yard.
Ollie first approached the Bakery as part of a school project on creative business, and struck up a conversation with owner Clive Cobb, who shares his love of the silver screen.
Ollie said: "I am going to do the cinema part and he's going to do the food. It's about creating an atmosphere in the bakery with classic and locally-made films while socialising. I have chosen silent films or subtitled foreign films to keep it a social atmosphere."
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Family-friendly silent movies will be shown from 5pm, with thrillers and independent films later in the evening.
Ollie, who lives near Tideford, South East Cornwall, and is currently studying for his GCSEs, says he hopes to balance the new venture with his school work.
"My mum worries that this might get in the way of my exams, but I've got it under control."
He added: "She also wondered if I wanted to go on Young Apprentice, but I don't really like that idea.
"I quite like the idea about being my own boss, although I haven't thought about it in that much detail."
Ollie wants to go into marketing. "I do like to be busy," he said. "But I don't like the name 'young entrepreneur', it's a bit of a cliché but I can't think of any other way of describing it."
Bakery owner Mr Cobb said his business's ethos was about being "a place to gather" and the mini-cinema would be exactly that.
"Watching a film is another reason to get together so it's a natural extension of what we do," he said.
"It will be much more a community event too – not a cinema where the lights go out, where everyone's got to be silent and not rustle their chocolates, but where you can talk, discuss the movie and be sociable," he said.
Mr Cobb, who studied film at Plymouth College of Art in 1969, says he was inspired by Ollie's enthusiasm.
"It's absolutely fantastic," he said. "He first came to me just to talk about creativity in the business world and to ask me out of the blue was bold in the first place. I was struck by his maturity.
"Then we started talking, the lightbulb went off in my head and we went from there.
"Ollie is very impressive. He's incredibly presentable; he has everything going for him and he's got a brain. If he keeps on that track he will be a very successful businessman."