PRODUCTION: BBC’s McMafia Wraps Shooting in Croatia

    McMafia by James Watkins McMafia by James Watkins photo: BBC-Cuba Pictures-Nick Wall

    ZAGREB: Shooting of the BBC series McMafia directed by James Watkins and starring James Norton wrapped in Opatija last week. The series was shot in various locations first during the winter of 2016, when most of the scenes were filmed in Zagreb, while the second part of filming took place from May 2017, when the cast and crew moved down to the coast. The local spending of international projects benefitting of the incentives programme is expected to be more than 13.5 EUR / 100 m HRK in 2017.

    "Just the fact that Croatian cities can play the roles of major global metropolies as well as themselves shows that local infrastructure and local communities are ready to offer all that is necessary for top quality productions at the highest level", Daniel Rafaelić, director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) said in a statement.

    According to a press release issued by the Filming in Croatia office from the HAVC, the filming benefitted from the incentives programme. More than 150 local film professionals and more than 3,000 extras were engaged on set. Croatian actors such as Nina Violić, Lucija Šerbedžija, Goran Navojec, Željko Vukmirica, Vanja Matujec and Romina Tonkovic were also cast.

    Through the incentives programme, 34 projects were filmed in Croatia between 2012 and 2016, with local spending of almost 54 m EUR / 400 m HRK.