Changing Narrative and Society

NEROPA: a method for film / TV, theatre and novels

NEROPA was developed by Belinde Ruth Stieve as a method to increase the proportion of women and encourage diversity in film projects onscreen and to sensitize and raise awareness among those involved. It is a protected brand and can also be used in other industries.

The World around us is diverse and colourful and half of it are women

Overall however, films and television  have not been reflecting this reality. Films and programmes, fictional and non-fictional, are characterized by a strong male majority onscreen. Whether it’s talk shows, sports or feature films, the focus is far more often on  men: men talk and women listen, men act and women look nice.
This imbalance has been going on for so long that most of the time we don’t even notice it any more. So we grow up with fewer images of women in the media and in fictional productions, and also with them being less diverse in character, profession, age, ethnicity etc.
This lack of range in the narratives of film and television also affects the social reality around us. There are far too few role models, inspirations and frictions – for women and men, girls and boys.

The Gender & Diversity Tool NEROPA is a new, unique method for reducing gender imbalance in scripts in a straightforward, systematic and low-threshold manner.

NEROPA can be applied in different phases of a film production. Details can be found on the subpages NEROPA MethodNEROPA Finetuning and NEROPA during Script Development.


I’m happy to convey the NEROPA method inside and outside the film industry. I am also available to consult and coach  productions companies and their teams who want to work with NEROPA. (see Presentations – Workshops and Biography / Contact.).

Belinde Ruth Stieve