A Sound of Trumpets
Directed byHenri Safran
Written byDonald Bull
Distributed byABC
Release date
3 June 1964 (Sydney)
Running time
60 mins

A Sound of Trumpets is a 1964 Australian drama directed by Henri Safran.[1]


A family want to adopt a refugee boy.



The Sydney Morning Herald criticised the "excessive detail" and called it "dour, plodding, earnest" but said it "explored its chosen situation thoroughly enough to illuminate not so much a social problem as the complex interdependence of ordinary family life."[2]

The Bulletin said "this banal story, of an insufferable do-gooder and his equally insufferable family of long-suffering stereotypes faced with practising what they preach in the adoption of a refugee boy, rubbed its second-hand humanity in the audience's face with all the subtlety of Sonny Liston wielding a nine-pound hammer. Only Janice Dinnen’s remarkably mature performance as the eldest daughter and Ethel Gabriel’s complaining grandmother achieved any semblance of sympathy or credibility."[3]

See also


  1. ^ Vagg, Stephen (18 February 2019). "60 Australian TV Plays of the 1950s & '60s". Filmink.
  2. ^ "Drama Review: A Sound of trumpets". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 June 1964. p. 11.
  3. ^ Daniels, William (13 June 1964). "TELEVISION Royal Barge". The Bulletin. p. 48.