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BBC crime drama McMafia wraps Croatia filming


The BBC’s upcoming organised crime drama McMafia has wrapped a second leg of location filming in Croatia.

Inspired by Misha Glenny’s novel, McMafia tells the eight-part story of a man who struggles to remain a legitimate business operator when he becomes embroiled in his extended family’s Russian mafia connections.

The series stars James Norton, David Strathairn and Faye Marsay.

McMafia is a co-production between the BBC, American cable network AMC and UK-based Cuba Pictures, in association with London-based Twickenham Studios.

The drama is set across ten different European countries but has filmed extensively in Croatia in two blocks since the end of last year.

“Croatia is obviously already known as a tourist location, but it is still not recognised from the UK production standpoint,” said James Watkins, the drama’s director and executive producer, in comments to the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

“With proper development and infrastructure in place, Croatia could be a world-class filming destination that can compete with any other location.”

Croatia offers a 20% filming incentive, which has helped the country develop a solid international production profile, but better studio facilities would likely help Croatia to compete more effectively with its European neighbours.

Recent international productions which filmed in Croatia have included Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, action movie Renegades (formerly The Lake) and anthology drama The Terror.

Production spending in Croatia is forecast to reach the equivalent of around $15m this year, according to official figures.

For more on filming in Croatia see our production guide.

Image: BBC