Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), a late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. Will hiring the naive ‘newbie’ Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling) enable her to stay on the air? And how will these two very different women impact each other’s lives?
Late Night charts the inter-mingled journeys of two women: Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), a legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit and the only female to ever host her own show. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she fights to stay relevant, so hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant worker and devoted Newbury fan to work on the show as a writer.
Each woman faces her own seemingly insurmountable challenge. Newbury is a dinosaur within the industry. While she might have won a raft of Emmy awards, she’s now 30 years into the job, hates social media, and is characterised by journalists as “Your Least Favorite Aunt.” Meanwhile, Patel has zero experience working in TV and is the only woman—or person of colour—in the all-white male writer’s room. Will the severe, set-in-her-ways Newbury be able to turn her career around and stay on the air? Will Patel, a naïve newbie, find her voice and be accepted in the cut-throat world of TV comedy? And how will these two very different women impact each other’s lives?
Late Night Trivia: As well as supporting the lead in this film, Mindy Kaling also wrote the screenplay and said she wrote the role of Katherine specifically for Emma Thompson.
16 & 17 July 2019
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