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A country as a film

When he was looking for filming destinations for his hit Netflix show Stranger Things, super-producer Shawn Levy turned to one of his industry colleagues for advice: “When we were considering where to go (to film), I talked to Craig Mazin, one of the creators of Chernobyl. His experience in Lithuania was fantastic.”

One of HBO’s biggest hits of recent years Chernobyl took advantage of the country’s decommissioned nuclear power station, along with some of the capital’s more distinctive soviet era districts. But it’s not only modern productions that are leveraging the city’s distinctive landmarks. Vilnius is also home to a UNESCO listed old town, and its unique architecture has been the backdrop for such shows as the BBC’s War and Peace, and the HBO and Sky TV mini-series Catherine the Great starring the Oscar-winner Helen Mirren.

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