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New film uncovers dark past about illegal Danish slave trading

Modest budget for movie that will be mostly shot in Ghana


Where's William Wilberforce when you need him? (photo: Haslund Film)

July 11, 2014
13:36

by Jessica Wells


A Danish film that promises it will expose the unknown history of this country's illegal slave trade on the Gold Coast of Africa during the 1830s is to be made under the title of 'Gold Coast'.

Swedish-Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik, who won the Nordisk Film Prize last year and is best known for his film 'Expedition to the End of the World', will write and direct, while Michael Haslund-Christensen will produce.  

'Gold Coast' has a modest budget of under €2 million and the Danish Film Institute has agreed to support the project.

The film, which is going to be released in the summer of 2015, follows the true story of a Dane, Wulff Joseph Wulff, who tried to expose the illegality of the slave trade in the late 1830s.

Inspired by discovery of diary
Dencik told Screen Daily that he felt compelled to tell Wulff’s story after discovering his diary and letters.

The award-winning director hopes that 'Gold Coast' will shed some light on part of Denmark’s darkest history and show what really happened on the coast of Africa under Danish authority.  

The film will be shot in about seven weeks, with most of the filming taking place in Ghana, where the story takes place, although it has been confirmed that the opening scenes will be filmed in Copenhagen.

Jakob Oftebro, known for his role in 'Kon-Tiki', will play Wulff, while rising star Danica Curcic has also been signed up to appear although her role is not known. 




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