Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keria Knightley arrive for the premiere of Never Let Me Go

It was a big love-in on stage at the Odeon Leicester Square last night before the screening of Never Let Me Go, the gala opening of this year’s BFI London Film Festival. First director Mark Romanek welcomed the film’s stars on stage: “the beautiful and talented Carey Mulligan”, “the beautiful and talented Keira Knightley”, and “the beautiful and talented Andrew Garfield”.

Then writer Kazuo Ishiguro, on whose chillingly restrained dystopian fable the movie is based, ladled out even bigger helpings of esteem, pouring on the praise for screenwriter Alex Garland and for the new generation of actors standing on stage, actors he said were in the process of creating a new style of acting, one that was excitingly different both from Hollywood and from old-school British acting.

If Kazuo is right, we could be in store for more loved-up displays from this generation of Brits at awards ceremonies for years to come.