Road to Gagarin

My sidekick project...

ROAD TO GAGARIN is a my sidekick project which I do with Canadian / Dutch writer Steve Korver. Together we have been visiting Russia for more then 10 years, in search of the first man in space: Yuri Gagarin (1934-68). By visiting and documenting the major settings of his bizarre and dramatic life, as well as talking with people who were close to him, we are capturing the essence of both the man who is dead and the myth that is still very much alive. He remains the most popular figure of 20th century Russia, where he has the legend status of a JFK or Elvis – inspiring love, art and conspiracy theories.

In the meantime we made a booklet, had exhibitions in several countries, made four short films (which has been showed on more than 150 filmfestivals all over the world), won tons off awards and had articles published in international newspapers and magazines.

Support our project in any form, so we can continue making new short films and help Yuri Gagarin becoming the worthy global hero he deserves to be!



I wrote two new short films. Both scripts are the best things I ever wrote. One of them has the potential to be a feature, the other could be an instant cult classic. One of the two script I send out to a filmfestival in Berlin and London were it both won a prize. Please contact if you’re a filmproduction company and interested in fun and crazy scripts.

RINGO ROCKET STAR and his song for Yuri Gagarin (2017)


                  This amazing poster is made by Amsterdam based artists Mattia Rubino and Celia Rosa



My 4th short film on Gagarin: ‘RINGO ROCKET STAR AND HIS SONG FOR YURI GAGARIN’ has been shown on 135 filmfestivals around the whole world and won 24 awards so far.

The film is dry comical short 10 minute film. It’s shot at a gypsy favela in Serbia. The film has a very catchy ear-worm song to it which is  available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon music etc etc. The film can’t be seen on-line yet. If you can’t wait to see it, please send me an e-mail and I might send you the password. The whole list of screenings, festivals, nominations and award can be seen in the: about/contact section of this website.

Please support RINGO ROCKET STAR at his page on FACEBOOK


Yuri on the Phone (2015)


Poster made by the fantastic Celia Rosa (Conceptmachine)




Rada: Rada Đuričin
Director/producer: Rene Nuijens
Script: Steve Korver & René Nuijens
Translator: Olga Rozanova
Executive producer: Marko Nikolić
D.O.P.: Obrad Kokotović
Editor: Will Judge
Graphics/Animation: Celia Rosa & Barry Schwarz @Addikt
Titles: Barry Schwarz @Addikt & Celia Rosa
Grading & Online: Captcha!
Colour Grading: Barry Clarke
Compositing: Gregoire Verweijen
Post Production Producer: Marcel Oudendijk
Sound: Nick Smith @ Stainless Sound


50 year of human space flight


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16 euro, IN STOCK

Photography: René Nuijens, Text: Steve Korver, Design: Ewoudt Boonstra, Imaging: M*G!C,
Print Production: Julia Llamas, Printing: Drukkerij Slinger, Webdesign: Maarten Dobbelaar.
Many thanks to: Alexei, Dr Rostislav Bogdashevsky, Sarah Gehrke, Martin Karakas, Sergei Krikalyov, Olga Ponomarenko, Victor and Valentina Porohnya, Carolina Salazar, Troy Selvaratnam, Katya Thomas, Dr Vitaly Volovich, Geessy Zuñiga Tarrafa, Maarten Dobbelaar, Anton Sokolov, Boris Bendikov, Elizabeth Andronova, 328 Stories, Karin Jansen, Erik Kessels, Snezana Stankovic and many others…

Caption quotations come from Road to the Stars by Yuri Gagarin et al.
Publishing: René Nuijens, April 12 2011.
In an edition of 1000 copies. 
ISBN/EAN 978-90-817158-1-2

The First Yugoslavian Cosmonaut


A film by Rene Nuijens & Steve Korver

Director: Rene Nuijens
Script: Rene Nuijens / Steve Korver
Yuri Garic: Bora Nenic
D.O.P.: Rene Nuijens
Editor: Will Judge
Production: Rene Nuijens
Production Serbia: Marko Nicolic @ Ludovico Films
Production assistent: Marko Stankovic
On-line: Joppo & Job & Marlieke in de Grot
Grading: Joppo in de Grot
Sound: Ben Tomlin @ Wave Studios Amsterdam
Voice Yuri Garic: Perica Stojancic
Voice recording Yuri Garic: Wave Studios Amsterdam
Voice over: Marko Petrovic
Voice over recording: Sharkey @ Haaifraaideluxe!
Title Graphics: the Girls
Title & Credits animations: Barry @ Addikt
Translation: Natasa Stankovic
Music film: Dance of Kosovo by Vladimir Babitch
Music in animation: Samo jednom se ljubi by: Ivo Robic

The Yuri Gagarin Goose Chase (2011)


It’s was fifty years ago that our dear comrade Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. After his historical flight, Yura travelled the world and met many people. He became special friends with Cuba and its commander-in-chief Fidel Castro. So to celebrate Gagarin’s achievement we went to the heart of Revolutionary Cuba in search of the Yuri Gagarin Goose Farm…


Director: Rene Nuijens
Script: Rene Nuijens / Steve Korver
D.O.P.: Rene Nuijens
Editor: Will Judge
Production Cuba: Steve Korver
Production film: Rene Nuijens
On-line: Will Judge
Grading: Will Judge
Voice-over: Aleksej Koutsman

Special thanks to our driver Ernesto and all the lovely people of Cuba.