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Inherent Vice, Dara, Teen Film Tropes, Cotton to Gold

Paul Thomas Anderson's film Inherent Vice reviewed, Dara at the National Theatre, teen film tropes and Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West.

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's seventh novel, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. It describes itself as surf noir. The novelist Lawrence Norfolk joins Samira Ahmed to say whether it captures the style, humour and psychadelic content of the book.

Charlie Lyne, director of Beyond Clueless, a film about the teen films that defined his youth, and Naomi Alderman, critic, author and lover of teen films, discuss the tropes of the classic teen movie and the blend of nostalgia and unease we feel re-watching the films of our own adolescence.

Lead curator Dr Cynthia Johnston discusses Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West, a new exhibition that showcases the treasures of several 19th Century Lancashire mill magnates.

Dara is a new play about a ferocious family fight for succession and conflicting visions of Islam. Set in India in 1659, it's the story of two brothers and a sister whose mother's death inspired the Taj Mahal. The writer Shahid Nadeem and adaptor Tanya Ronder talk to Samira.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes


  • Cotton to Gold

    Duration: 06:14

  • Inherent Vice

    Duration: 05:02

  • Dara

    Duration: 07:42

  • Teen Film Tropes

    Duration: 08:53

Cotton to Gold

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West is showing at Two Temple Place in London from 31 January until 19 April 2015.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice is in cinemas from Friday 30 January, certificate 15.



Dara is showing at the National Theatre in London until 4 April 2015.

Main image: Zubin Varla as Dara. Credit Elile Kurttz

Left: Shahid Nadeem & Tanya Ronder 

Beyond Clueless

Beyond Clueless

Beyond Clueless is in cinemas now, certificate 15. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Sarah Johnson
Interviewed Guest Lawrence Norfolk
Interviewed Guest Charlie Lyne
Interviewed Guest Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest Cynthia Johnston
Interviewed Guest Shahid Nadeem
Interviewed Guest Tanya Ronder




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