Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
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|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||144 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||0-670-80636-6 (first edition, hardback)|
|Followed by||Turn Right For Zyrgon|
The novel tells the tale of the planet Zyrgon, ruled by the galactic police called The Law-Enforcers. They are after Mortimer, who has cheated the government lottery for the 27th time in a row. His family is governed by the youngest daughter, 12-year-old X, who wants to save her father from the detention centre.
The family also includes Mother, who would rather design clothing and leave all worries to her daughter X. The oldest sister Dovis is a cosmic flier who writes poetry and levitates. The youngest is a boy genius, Qwrk who is a professor at age 8.
X is the lead character: a stressed girl who has to balance between strange Earth customs such as school and her duty to take care of her family.
The novel's theme is children who are forced to grow up too soon and to take responsibilities that are too much for their age. In the novel, X cannot handle the stress and gets very ill, but she is cured in the end when she finally finds her place on the new planet.
|Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left|
|Created by||Robin Klein|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||1991 – 1992|
The story was made into a television series in 1991-1992. It was very popular in Australia and aired on CITV and TCC in the UK and also in other parts of Europe and there are many fansites. The series is not available on DVD, though in the early 1990s several episodes were released on VHS in the United Kingdom These can often be found for sale on eBay.
The TV-show had 28 episodes, split into 2 story arcs. The first story arc stayed close to the novel, the second arc had new stories written, some of which would end up incorporated into the sequel novel, Turn Right for Zyrgon.
The entire series was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. Zyrgon, and the family home interior were shot on the Crawford Productions sound-stage. The town of Bellwood was shot in Williamstown. The family home exterior is located in Surrey Hills. The props for the space raft and other sets were kept in the Crawford Productions lot for a couple of years following production, however, they were eventually dismantled and destroyed.
The series was repeated in the UK between 2007-2008 on a digital children's channel.
- Lauren Hewett as X
- Kellie Smythe as Jenny
- Che Broadbent as Colin
- Jeffrey Walker as Qwrk
- Bruce Myles as Father
- Jan Friedl as Mother
- Silvia Seidel as Dovis
- Bruce Spence as The Chief
- Kerry Armstrong as Officer Jady
- Paul Kelman as Lox
- Diane Cilento as Principa/Authoritax
- Sandy Gore as Aunt Hecla