Back to the roots
"When I was 20 I moved to the
Randstad. Originally I was from a small town in the south of
Netherlands, Limburg. Once in a while I returned back home to my
parent’s place. To me this was a ritual that caused quite some
ambivalent feelings. While I enjoyed being back in the calm place I
grew up, opposed to the busy city I lived in, I was also confronted
by the fact that my attitude towards my hometown environment had
changed. I didn’t agree with certain behavior the way I used to
when I was younger. Since I was becoming an adult myself I learned
that I might have different ideas about how you should live your life
the right way."
"In my second year I got quite stressed-out at some point. I have been a perfectionist for a long while during my life. I worked hard for my uni, but at that point my striving for the best result became a bit too much. I stayed at my parent’s place for some weeks to get relaxed again. It was at this point that I inhabited a fear of living a life that won’t get improved during time. I saw my hometown and the way things didn’t really seem to change and for some reason I was afraid I would turn out the same way. It was this fear that inspired me to write the script for ‘Feniks'."