Documentary - 35 minutes

HOW GREAT IT WAS is a film about an aging men's field hockey team from the south of the Netherlands that has been playing together for over 50 years. Most of the guys are approaching the age of 70 and they have decided to play their very last game together. It is a film about male friendships, aging and not being able to do all the fun stuff anymore. But fortunately, growing older is a bit easier when you are doing it together. The film evolves around the very last field hockey game of their lives...

*Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival*

This film started off as a birthday-present for Ilja's- father's 70th birthday. There was initially no plan to make something more serious out of this 'video'. But during the 2-day filming process and mostly while editing this 'birthday present', she realized that this was quite a unique group of men and that their friendship was very special. Produced by BUREAU NY – Independent film.
Screened at the World Cup Hockey 2014, Official Selection of the Art of Brooklyn Filmfestival and broadcasted by L1.