Title ID 4015Collection ID121
Title[Yuri Gagarin]
DateJuly 1961
CollectionJohn Mitchell
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsCelebrations Exhibitions Political Movements Spring Transport Travel Visits
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn P. Mitchell
CameraJohn P. Mitchell
ParticipantsYuri Gagarin
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration9 min. 0 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A short amateur film compiled of newspaper clippings, television news and some original footage both in colour and black and white, of Russian Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's visit to England shortly after his historic orbit of the earth in 1961 in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.


The film begins with a shot of Yuri Gagarin's photograph in the newspaper, followed by an interview with him, recorded from the television. We then see an exhibition at Earls Court on the USSR which features space vehicles amongst other aspects of Russian life which are portrayed there. More shots of newspaper clippings follow, including the headline 'London's just wild over Yuri' and then more original footage of Yuri Gagarin dressed in his military uniform, arriving at a press conference amongst massive crowds. There are some more shots of press clippings and finally a shot zooming in on the moon.