Xzannjah Matsi
17 year old Xzanjah Matsi with her award. Picture by Rachael Mayne.

While mainstream media is filled with our sad affairs, let’s take time to look on the bright side and congratulate Xzannjah Matsi who played Matilda in the screen adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ Mr Pip.

Xzannjah won Best Actress at the 2013 New Zealand Film Awards (NZFA) and serves as inspiration for all our aspiring actors and actresses.

I, along with many others, who watched the film at Paradise Cinemas were lost for words and I believe you’ve earned the award.

From the performance you have put up, I am sure there are more awards in the future.