Our Ad of the Week is this beautiful film about Roman Zoltowski, the official trophy engraver for the Wimbledon Championship. Created by Mother in London, the film is part of a series made by Stella Artois about the characters behind the scenes at the annual tennis event.
Previous films in the series – which is part of a general collection of shorts made by Stella on the theme of ‘Perfectionists’ – have covered Rufus, the hawk which sees off pigeons trying to land on the courts, and racket stringers Liam Nolan and Nate Ferguson. This latest film is especially charming, however, due to its combination of Zoltowski’s appealing personality, and its stunning animation, by Christian Borstlap.
The short chronicles Zoltanski’s heritage as the trophy engraver at the Championships, a position he has held since 1979. Each year he travels from his home in Poland to perform his crucial role, travelling in his 55 year-old MG. For those curious, after watching the film, to know what he and his car look like in real life, these photos reveal all: