The movie Gold Coast is adapted from true events and follows the botanist and visionary Wulff who in 1836 travels from Denmark to the Danish possessions in Danish Guinea (today’s Ghana). In Africa, Wulff finds himself on the edge of civilisation. With the blessing from the Danish king, he throws himself into the naive project of establishing coffee plantations.
Wulff is a man shaped by romanticism and he is little prepared for the world outside of Denmark. The Danish projects on the Gold Coast are stuck in a time warp. The slave trade has officially been abandoned since 1803, and the colony has not been profitable to Denmark in almost forty years, which leaves the Danish possessions to live in a secluded anarchistic world on the edge of collapse. The Governor, Dall, Herbst and the other men on the Danish fortress are living during the very end of an era. They are all following the paths for their own personal gain and none of them believe that they will return to Denmark again.