Magazine article Screen International

Daniel Dencik Plans His First Dramatic Feature about Slave Trade

Magazine article Screen International

Daniel Dencik Plans His First Dramatic Feature about Slave Trade

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Likely controversial project is about slave trading Danish officer in the 1830s.

Award winning writer, editor and director Daniel Dencik, whose feature doc The Expedition To The End Of The World is the Closing Gala at CPH DOX in Copenhagen this weekend, is hatching his first dramatic feature.

The project, which he is also writing, promises to be highly controversial. Wulff (as it is currently called) will lift the lid on the illegal Danish involvement in the slave trade in the Nineteenth Century. The director is touting the project as a Danish period answer to Apocalypse Now or a riposte to Heart Of Darkness.

"No-one really knows it here. It's like a secret," Dencik commented of the Danish record in the slave trade and how it has been suppressed. "We're not taught it in school."

Dencik's script is based on his own original research at the Royal Library. He found letters from a young officer called Wulff who travelled to Danish Guinea in the 1830s to oversee the slave business. This was a period when Great Britain was already abolishing slavery.

"The Danish mentality is that we abolished slavery, that we are so good and that we are such a small country with Hans Christian Andersen," the director noted. …

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