Emma Donoghue wrote the original Room novel that was the basis for the film that has now won four Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Donoghue says the genesis of the story came from being a mother. Her kids were four and one years old when she heard of one of these kidnapping cases.
“I was really struck by the idea that somebody might manage to be a a great mother in a locked room, and by the ways in which that room might be a kind of a idyll for a child while simultaneously being a prison for a parent.”
She’s says it struck her as a universal story about the fact that we all move on from our childhoods into a bigger, wider world, but a child who’s rescued from a locked room where he’s grown up is going through that very human coming-of-age story, but overnight, all in one go.