Da Vinci Code meets Tomb Raider against the backdrop of the Red Violin

  • AVRIL KINSEY’S feature film screenplay THE WILD COAST was awarded the winning WGSA MUSE AWARD for outstanding achievement in screenwriting for a spec script.  

  • Winner WGSA Muse Award

The Wild Coast, a mystery, drama, adventure story, is ready  to be optioned and ready to meet like-minded professionals keen on making quality movies on inspiring subjects about feminine heroines.

  • WGSA Muse Award Winner – Avril Kinsey
    for a feature film screenplay THE WILD COAST

  • REVIEWS:  HOLLYWOOD’S BLUE CAT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:  “Great mystery … the clues to finding it [a priceless treasure] were fantastic … Indiana Jones style feel … extremely clever and creative … the descriptions of the coast of South Africa … painted great visual images that would look beautiful on the big screen … a great deal of suspense and action … a rollercoaster of entertainment.”

    REVIEWS:  Pamela Jaye Smith (USA), award-winning writer/producer/director:
    “With international casting, this script could be attractive to actors, directors, producers and audiences alike … unique.”

    David Trottier (USA), author of the Screenwriter’s Bible: “Solid story… excellent rising conflict, original action … characters with dimension. Emotionally satisfying.”
    Academy nominated & Tony award winning actress: Leleti Khumalo: “A beautiful and powerful story.”
    Vicki Bawcombe (WGSA Committee) “The script delivers on its promise as an action adventure, with an intriguing and spectacular setting.”
    Executive Vice President of Film Finders, Peter Belsito: “Moving, inspiring, a film waiting to be born.”

What if a 400-year-old code is composed into music, and this music holds the clues to finding a priceless treasure shipwrecked off the wildest coast of Africa?    Inspired by a true historical event.

To read the One Sheet Synopsis, or  Screenplay email:  The Co-Producer:  wildcoastpro@gmail.com

Committed to making it happen, Avril Kinsey envisions a major South African Producer and international Co-Producer is required to make this mystery, drama, adventure story aimed at the international market.

Logline: A woman’s quest, to uncover a musical code hidden in a 400-year-old manuscript, with clues to a priceless treasure savagely shipwrecked off the wildest coast of Africa, discovers she holds the key to unlocking an ancient mystery with the power to unite nations.

Brief Synopsis: A 400-year-old musical code, hidden in a diary contains clues to an ancient, treasured instrument, which is passed from a Sultan to his daughter and from a Knight to his, before being savagely shipwrecked off the Wild Coast of Africa.

The missing treasure will deeply impact four lives, but touch millions more: Dr. Samantha Baker, an ambitious music composer who loses her university post, is forced to step out of her four-wall comfort zone and must find the treasure in time for the UN Peace concert of the decade. Her hopes are shattered when she sees her guitar case floating out to sea with a dead baby in it.

Macho-loser, ex-diver Roberto, on self-imposed exile from a failing marriage must find any treasure he can, to inherit the money he desperately needs to save his dying daughter. A poor African couple, Wild Eyes and Beauty use Sam’s guitar case to appease their ancestral sea spirits. Soon their lives converge, until a greater mystery unfolds that changes their lives, with the power to impact nations. (Copyright WGSA F2018200226)

The female heroine is Dr. Sam Baker, with African roots. She is an extraordinarily ambitious professor of music composition, whose daily world is 4 walls.  So to take on one of the world’s most powerful mysteries, fraught with dangers on land and sea, is for her the very opportunity she needs to overcome her worst fears.  But can she survive to meet the expectations of her hard won academic university post, which is on the line, compose the music in time for the UN Peace Concert of the decade, and fulfil her own purpose? Believing in dreams with destiny she risks everything, and journey’s to the wildest coast of Africa where she meets a macho-loser, ex-commercial Portuguese diver Roberto, on self-imposed exile from a failing marriage, and a off-beat Xhosa family steeped in indigenous ancestral beliefs.  Albeit uncomfortably, she must work together with Roberto if she is to solve the mystery, and they are to survive this remote and unforgiving coastline.

Lead Character descriptions: 
DR. SAMANTHA PAULI BAKER, is a striking, thirty-something, light skinned African-American composer known as Sam, Doc Fourwalls by her colleagues.  She is seldom seen without her faithful concert guitar, which is in stark contrast to her personal life, where she is seldom seen with a faithful man.  Perhaps the reason she indulges in in self-help books like “Commitment Phobia.” Yet she is an uncompromising woman with more intelligence than sense.  Her self-imposed exile from South Africa was appropriate at the time, but with her job on the line she must face her worst fears, if she is to take on one of the world’s most powerful mysteries fraught with dangers on land and sea.
ROBERTO DOS SANTOS, mid 40’s, ruggedly handsome with dreamy eyes, and an arrogant eagle-like nose is an ex-commercial diver, of Portuguese ancestry. He is used to the rigours of the sea, but less so to the constraints of marriage. Get him away from his beer-stained, treasure-hunting sailing maps and talking to PERKS, his parrot, you’ll discover a tough exterior hides a soft centre, especially when it comes to his critically ill daughter. She is his justification for the treasure hunt, after all that would solve his financial problems. When Sam enters his life, contemplating a fling with her is not enough, but trust her he must.


  • Acceptance speech at the 2020 WGSA Muse Awards – Best feature film screenplay

  • Biography:

    Dr Avril Kinsey has written, produced and composed for stage, television, film and print.

    Her feature film screenplay The Wild Coast was awarded the prestigious Muse Award for outstanding achievement in screenwriting by the Writers Guild of South Africa.

    She studied film and television acting, art direction and film script writing at the University of California, Los Angeles and Sherwood Oaks Film School. She was mentored by David Trottier, author of the Screenwriter’s Bible and in South Africa by Dr Dorian Haarhoff, and at The Writing Studio, Cape Town.

As a writer/producer/composer she has worked on several documentaries for SABC TV including Modjadji – The Rain Queen, Luthier – Mervyn Davis, South Africa’s First Guitar Orchestra and Legends of the Cape. The Wild Coast is her second feature film screenplay. She completed the libretto and orchestral score for a two act ballet Vulcanus, which earned her a doctoral degree in music composition. She is currently working on a short nature documentary Pure Nature, No Plastic.

Kinsey has written and published three music books, several articles, song lyrics, academic papers, and, as a performer and producer she has recorded seven compact discs. She has given guitar masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, the Volterra Project in Italy and at Mannes School of Music and at the prestigious Julliard Music School in New York. She was awarded an Astris Award for her outstanding achievement in music.

Further to her writing career, she undertook a prolific music performing career, concertising in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Greece and South Africa. Her many classical guitar compositions and recordings are published by Art Music Publishing and Recording. She also worked on music demos for Heart of Darkness and Ice Runner. She accompanied Luciano Pavarotti with the CPO during the Cape Town performance of his world tour.

She is the recipient of numerous grants, sponsorships and awards for her work from ACT, NAC, BASA, the SAMRO Foundation, SASRIM and others. She is founder director of the Cape Town Academy of Music and Wild Coast Productions, and a full WGSA(F2018200226).and PRS member.