Filmography

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Wide boyz Vod

    Wide boyz

    Chris Alstrin (2012)

    Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, explore the strange sub-culture of offwidth crack climbing. They embark on a tour of the USA which culminates in the first ascent of Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.

    UK / 48 min

    Wide boyz

    Chris Alstrin, Paul Diffley

    • 2012
    • UK
    • 48 min
    Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, explore the strange sub-culture of offwidth crack climbing. They embark on a tour of the USA which culminates in the first ascent of Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Odyssey Vod

    Odyssey

    Dom Bush (2012)

    ‘Odyssey’ is a road movie that celebrates the best of British trad climbing. From the bold Northumberland sandstone to the raging sea cliffs of Gogarth, four World-class climbers (James Pearson, Hazel Findlay, Hansjorg Auer and Caroline Ciavaldini) embark on a road-trip to attempt some of the most fierce and inspiring routes in the UK. Cinematic filmmaking, cutting edge traditional climbing and a 7.5 ton converted truck – the Odyssey begins!

    UK / 66 min

    Odyssey

    Dom Bush

    • 2012
    • UK
    • 66 min
    ‘Odyssey’ is a road movie that celebrates the best of British trad climbing. From the bold Northumberland sandstone to the raging sea cliffs of Gogarth, four World-class climbers (James Pearson, Hazel Findlay, Hansjorg Auer and Caroline Ciavaldini) embark on a road-trip to attempt some of the most fierce and inspiring routes in the UK. Cinematic filmmaking, cutting edge traditional climbing and a 7.5 ton converted truck – the Odyssey begins!

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Cavewoman DVD

    Cavewoman

    Dave Brown (2005)

    Scottish climber Fiona Murray has taken a career break to climb full-time. She spends the whole winter season in the Canadian Rockies and becomes obsessed with a route called "Caveman", a classic hard mixed climb. When it was first climbed five years ago, it was considered one of the hardest routes in the world. A humorous and inspirational tale for every female who has ever felt intimidated in the often testosterone-dominated mountain-sports arena. (This is an excerpt from the 38-minute film "All Mixed Up".)

    UK / 14 min

    Cavewoman

    Dave Brown

    • 2005
    • UK
    • 14 min
    Scottish climber Fiona Murray has taken a career break to climb full-time. She spends the whole winter season in the Canadian Rockies and becomes obsessed with a route called "Caveman", a classic hard mixed climb. When it was first climbed five years ago, it was considered one of the hardest routes in the world. A humorous and inspirational tale for every female who has ever felt intimidated in the often testosterone-dominated mountain-sports arena. (This is an excerpt from the 38-minute film "All Mixed Up".)

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    All mixed up Vod

    All mixed up

    Dave Brown (2005)

    All Mixed Up is a gripping tale of two female climbers from Scotland as they push their limits to see if they have what it takes in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Tackling some of the steepest and toughest routes in the country, their roller coaster ride of self-questioning and sheer bloody-mindedness dressed up as determination is an inspirational story of success in the hard world of winter mixed climbing.

    UK / 38 min

    All mixed up

    Dave Brown, Paul Diffley

    • 2005
    • UK
    • 38 min
    All Mixed Up is a gripping tale of two female climbers from Scotland as they push their limits to see if they have what it takes in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Tackling some of the steepest and toughest routes in the country, their roller coaster ride of self-questioning and sheer bloody-mindedness dressed up as determination is an inspirational story of success in the hard world of winter mixed climbing.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Fools with tools

    Dave Brown (2004)

    In this fast-flowing climbing film that doesn't take itself too seriously, a group of unremarkable but determined climbers from Edinburgh attempts to repeat Scott Muir's dry-tooling test piece "Fast and Furious". Follow the fools' indoor training, easier "warm-up" routes and finally their attempts on the actual route. Self-deprecating humour and genuine human emotion surface when the climbers push themselves to their own physical and mental limits.

    UK / 16 min

    Fools with tools

    Dave Brown, Paul Diffley

    • 2004
    • UK
    • 16 min
    In this fast-flowing climbing film that doesn't take itself too seriously, a group of unremarkable but determined climbers from Edinburgh attempts to repeat Scott Muir's dry-tooling test piece "Fast and Furious". Follow the fools' indoor training, easier "warm-up" routes and finally their attempts on the actual route. Self-deprecating humour and genuine human emotion surface when the climbers push themselves to their own physical and mental limits.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Return to Indian Face

    Paul Diffley (2011)

    Return to Indian Face is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Clogwyn Du'r Arddu. It was directed by Paul Diffley in 2011 and produced by Hot Aches. It features Dave MacLeod, Claire MacLeod, Johnny Dawes and Nick Dixon.

    UK / 18 min

    Return to Indian Face

    Paul Diffley

    • 2011
    • UK
    • 18 min
    Return to Indian Face is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Clogwyn Du'r Arddu. It was directed by Paul Diffley in 2011 and produced by Hot Aches. It features Dave MacLeod, Claire MacLeod, Johnny Dawes and Nick Dixon.

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    Watch Free
  • Documentary / Chronicle

    The long hope Vod

    The long hope

    Paul Diffley (2011)

    In 1970, climber/poet Ed Drummond and climbing partner Oliver Hill, spent 7 days making their way to the top of a wild and remote 1150’ sea cliff at St John’s Head on the Island of Hoy. Forty years later, Scottish climber Dave MacLeod sets out to climb the cliff in a single day. Director Paul Diffley captures MacLeod’s historic climb in great style, contrasting it with the challenges of Drummond’s first ascent – then achingly returns to the route with Drummond.

    UK / 57 min

    The long hope

    Paul Diffley

    • 2011
    • UK
    • 57 min
    In 1970, climber/poet Ed Drummond and climbing partner Oliver Hill, spent 7 days making their way to the top of a wild and remote 1150’ sea cliff at St John’s Head on the Island of Hoy. Forty years later, Scottish climber Dave MacLeod sets out to climb the cliff in a single day. Director Paul Diffley captures MacLeod’s historic climb in great style, contrasting it with the challenges of Drummond’s first ascent – then achingly returns to the route with Drummond.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Wide boyz II Vod

    Wide boyz II

    Chris Prescott (2014)

    After their success climbing the world's hardest offwidth, the wide boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, embark on their next crack climbing mission. This time their sights are set on the thinner end of the crack climbing spectrum. Their goal is the mighty Cobra Crack in Squamish BC, considered to be the hardest finger crack in the world.

    UK / 50 min

    Wide boyz II

    Chris Prescott, Paul Diffley

    • 2014
    • UK
    • 50 min
    After their success climbing the world's hardest offwidth, the wide boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, embark on their next crack climbing mission. This time their sights are set on the thinner end of the crack climbing spectrum. Their goal is the mighty Cobra Crack in Squamish BC, considered to be the hardest finger crack in the world.

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  • Documentary / Instructional

    Climbing wall essentials DVD

    Climbing wall essentials

    Tom Bond (2011)

    Climbing Wall Essentials DVD shows the skills needed to operate safely and efficiently in an indoor climbing centre. There are now climbing walls in almost every town and city across the UK, and huge numbers of people visit them every week. They have the advantage of being totally weatherproof and are easy to get to. Although indoor climbing walls may be perceived as a safe environment to learn how to climb and try new techniques, there are still plenty of pitfalls and dangers that must be avoided through knowledge and experience imparted in this DVD.

    UK / 93 min

    Climbing wall essentials

    Tom Bond, Rob Adie, Nick Bond, Jon Garside

    • 2011
    • UK
    • 93 min
    Climbing Wall Essentials DVD shows the skills needed to operate safely and efficiently in an indoor climbing centre. There are now climbing walls in almost every town and city across the UK, and huge numbers of people visit them every week. They have the advantage of being totally weatherproof and are easy to get to. Although indoor climbing walls may be perceived as a safe environment to learn how to climb and try new techniques, there are still plenty of pitfalls and dangers that must be avoided through knowledge and experience imparted in this DVD.

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    DVD / BLU-RAY
  • Documentary / Portrait

    Redemption Vod

    Redemption

    Paul Diffley (2014)

    Redemption is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Burbage South Edge and Burbage North. It was directed by Paul Diffley in 2014 and produced by Hot Aches. It features James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini and Dave MacLeod.

    UK / 53 min

    Redemption

    Paul Diffley, Chris Prescott

    • 2014
    • UK
    • 53 min
    Redemption is a documentary about rock climbing that takes place in Burbage South Edge and Burbage North. It was directed by Paul Diffley in 2014 and produced by Hot Aches. It features James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini and Dave MacLeod.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Distilled Vod

    Distilled

    Paul Diffley (2013)

    Distilled is a film by Paul Diffley from Hot Aches featuring a celebration of Scottish winter climbing, and a poignant profile of a life spent in the mountains by Andy Cave.

    UK / 42 min

    Distilled

    Paul Diffley

    • 2013
    • UK
    • 42 min
    Distilled is a film by Paul Diffley from Hot Aches featuring a celebration of Scottish winter climbing, and a poignant profile of a life spent in the mountains by Andy Cave.

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    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Little flame

    Little flame

    Paul Diffley (2019)

    Paige Henry is a young woman suffering from PTSD and depression. She finds relief through spending time outdoors: climbing trees, hiking in the woods, rock climbing, swimming in mountain lakes... Being in contact with nature is a source of joy for her. Paige sets her sights on climbing her hardest route to date at Pen Trwyn on the North Wales coast. This film will remind everyone of the joy to be had in the outdoors. The film is part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 9 min

    Little flame

    Paul Diffley

    • 2019
    • UK
    • 9 min
    Paige Henry is a young woman suffering from PTSD and depression. She finds relief through spending time outdoors: climbing trees, hiking in the woods, rock climbing, swimming in mountain lakes... Being in contact with nature is a source of joy for her. Paige sets her sights on climbing her hardest route to date at Pen Trwyn on the North Wales coast. This film will remind everyone of the joy to be had in the outdoors. The film is part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

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