The Story

Sometimes in order to find yourself, you have to get lost along the way.

The Road to Nirvana tells the story of disillusioned actor Dennis, his screw-the-establishment friend Conal and their journey across two countries on two vintage East German mopeds.


Dennis is a German actor who came to England, dreaming of a breakthrough in the entertainment industry. Having constantly only been offered Nazi roles and other German stereotypes he stopped really trying after a while. He now lives in the East Anglian countryside within easy commuting distance of both London and Cambridge. In what was supposed to be his rural retreat he shares a house with an annoying Californian student and her various neuroses whilst commuting to Cambridge five days a week in order to be a nine-to-five slave to his less-than-glamorous job in IT phone support. He hates his job, he hates his flatmate and he hates the English weather, however, he does love his week-ends.


Dennis' week-ends are marked by a set of rituals he and his best mate Conal came up with. The Batman to Dennis' Robin, this Irishman is a real ladies' man and not afraid to take charge of any situation. Be it in their elaborate week-end drinking games and the various activities both men are slightly too old for, or trying to solve Dennis' unhappy living arrangements: Conal always has a creative solution that may not make Dennis very happy, but does ensure his own amusement. The handsome golf instructor usually treats life the same way he treats golf; the man with the longest drive calls the shots, be it vodka or Jameson's Irish. Conal's attempt to make Dennis' life easier by sleeping with his annoying housemate, unfortunately, backfires and leads to both men now looking for a place to live together.



When they are just about to move their things into their new home, a vacant pub, Dennis gets called to an audition in Germany. Conal who is secretly avoiding facing a few of his own demons, suggests a road trip with Dennis' two vintage Simson mopeds. It takes a bit of convincing, but a couple of days later the men are on their way to Germany at 45 miles an hour. It doesn't take them too long to meet new friends. They pick up a couple of hitchhikers in a pub in Harwich and continue their journey with the two girls. It doesn't take them long to run into trouble when they eat a drugged cake and end up beaten up and jailed somewhere outside Bremerhaven. However, their stint in a German prison brings the two closer together as friends and forces Conal to come face to face with what is haunting him. After a stopover at Dennis' dad's house in Bremen and a very eventful evening, they are on their way to Fischerhude where Conal's healing can finally begin, and Dennis will face a choice that will define his career and pave the way for both men to accept life for what it is and look forward to what the future and their friendship hold in store for them.