Alfonso Cuarón Kept Roma’s Script a Secret Until Production

Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Yalitza Aparicio, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta in "Roma"

The director of Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, did not share the script with anybody ahead of production.

The BAFTA-winner Roma was released on Netflix at the end of 2018. It tells the story of a maid living in Mexico City in the early 70s. Yalitza Aparicio stars as the young maid, Sophia.

At the BAFTA headquarters last week (February 10), Eugenio Caballero, the production designer on the set of Roma, revealed that the director had chosen not to share the script with the crew prior to production.

“The method [of filmmaking] that he chose was to not to share the script… with anybody,” said Caballero. “He said he didn’t want us to make decisions based on the story, but instead to talk about subjects in a socio-political context, or the destruction of the family – the moment when a family changes. These ideas are what he really wanted to point out.”

He continued: “[Cuarón] always said that he wanted to honour time and place, so we went to the real locations where the events happened. We also looked towards family photos, those that are never published because they’re not iconic, but within them we found great details [for the film].”

You can watch Roma on Netflix now.