Rolls-Royce has released the first in a series of short films, telling how it became the world’s leading and most respected luxury house, voiced by Academy Award winning actress, Kate Winslet. The premiere signals the beginning of a year of celebrations for Rolls-Royce as it prepares to reset the standard by which all other luxury goods are judged with the arrival of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom later in the year.
In the first episode of the series, ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’, Kate retells the story of the muse that has guided and inspired the world’s most celebrated luxury house for the past 105 years.
Since her creation in 1911, the Spirit of Ecstasy, modelled by sculptor and artist Charles Sykes, has silently guided every Rolls-Royce and its prestigious owner through momentous events in their lives and the lives of others. She has stood as an elegant presence and witness at some of history’s most notable events.
This first episode uses cutting edge motion capture and 3D scanning techniques to bring back to life one of the most fascinating legends in the mythology of Rolls-Royce – how and why the Spirit of Ecstasy, which is the most recognised luxury icon in the world, came to be. You can watch it via the YouTube link down below.
“The Spirit of Ecstasy has stood on the prow of every Rolls-Royce since 1911, representing ‘the best’ of everything, whilst silently guiding through life those exceptional people who have made our world turn. This is a story that inspires greatness and needs to be told,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our world-wide search for the perfect voice of the Spirit of Ecstasy led us back to West Sussex, England, where both Kate Winslet and Rolls-Royce, two British icons reside. Kate Winslet brings her great talent to this role.”