ZAGREB: The eighth and final season of the British action-adventure TV series Strike Back is filming in Croatia, following Game of Thrones, McMafia, The Terror and other well-known TV series, whose producers have taken advantage of the country's cash rebates and attractive filming locations.
All ten episodes of the eighth season will be filmed in Croatia. Three episodes of the previous season were filmed in the Croatian cities of Rijeka and Poreč. Shooting started on 13 May and it is scheduled to finish in November 2019, with 130 filming days in total.
Based on the bestseller by Chris Ryan, Strike Back stars Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes and Daniel MacPherson as members of the British secret service MI6's dashing special ops team Section 20. In its final season, Croatian actors Goran Bogdan, Branko Đurić and US-based Ivana Miličević will be joining the cast.
Zagreb will be the primary shooting location. The TV crew has already finished filming in the smaller city of Knin, and the biggest action scene of Strike Back was filmed in the centre of Trogir, coastal town in the Istria region. For this scene alone, 300 local extras were contracted. Some 200 local film professionals and up to 3,000 extras will be contracted through the end of the production. The crew is currently filming in Opatija.
“This is one of the biggest audiovisual projects that have applied for cash rebates in Croatia so far, in terms of both days and money spent in our country, but also in terms of local crewmembers and extras that have been hired by the production company. The project is in the process, so we are still not able to comment specifically on the total amount of local spending and subsequent incentives,” FNE was told by representatives of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The Filming in Croatia programme of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre had a significant role in promoting cash rebates, which the production team of Strike Back allegedly didn't use last year, but they will take advantage of this opportunity now. In addition, the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Croatia has lent them armoured vehicles for filming purposes.
The series is produced by Left Bank Pictures for British Sky Broadcasting / Cinemax and the local service provider in Croatia is Embassy films.