Filmography

Paul Diffley

31 films

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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

    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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    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • 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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    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • 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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    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    The great climb DVD

    The great climb

    Ian Russell (2010)

    Tim Emmett and Dave MacLeod attempted a new route on Sron Uladail in Harris in august 2010. They did it live on TV on BBC Scotland - the result? Over five hours of nail-biting television, a new E9 7b and a race against time to finish before the broadcast's scheduled end - the DVD set includes the Director's cut with a load of previously unseen and unheard material. The Great Climb was the BBC's first live climbing outside broadcast since 1967 featured ascents of 'the Old Man of Hoy' where three pairs of climbers: Bonington and Patey repeated their original route, whilst two new lines were climbed, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis, and by Pete Crew and Dougal Haston the original was watched by around 15 million people.

    UK / 325 min

    The great climb

    Ian Russell

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 325 min
    Tim Emmett and Dave MacLeod attempted a new route on Sron Uladail in Harris in august 2010. They did it live on TV on BBC Scotland - the result? Over five hours of nail-biting television, a new E9 7b and a race against time to finish before the broadcast's scheduled end - the DVD set includes the Director's cut with a load of previously unseen and unheard material. The Great Climb was the BBC's first live climbing outside broadcast since 1967 featured ascents of 'the Old Man of Hoy' where three pairs of climbers: Bonington and Patey repeated their original route, whilst two new lines were climbed, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis, and by Pete Crew and Dougal Haston the original was watched by around 15 million people.

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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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    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • 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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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Transition Vod

    Transition

    Chris Prescott (2015)

    Natalie Berry is one of the UK’s leading female sport and competition climbers. After discovering climbing by chance at the age of 8, she went on to compete with the GB Climbing Team all over the world and has numerous podium places in both lead climbing and bouldering. As well as her success as a competition climber, Natalie is also one of the top female sport climbers in Britain, being one of only a handful of British women to have climbed the grade of 8b. Despite having lived in Scotland all her life, home to some of the best traditional and winter climbing in the world, she has yet to venture into the mountains so close to home.

    UK / 55 min

    Transition

    Chris Prescott, Paul Diffley

    • 2015
    • UK
    • 55 min
    Natalie Berry is one of the UK’s leading female sport and competition climbers. After discovering climbing by chance at the age of 8, she went on to compete with the GB Climbing Team all over the world and has numerous podium places in both lead climbing and bouldering. As well as her success as a competition climber, Natalie is also one of the top female sport climbers in Britain, being one of only a handful of British women to have climbed the grade of 8b. Despite having lived in Scotland all her life, home to some of the best traditional and winter climbing in the world, she has yet to venture into the mountains so close to home.

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    Video on Demand
  • Docudrama / Recreation

    Edwin - A dream of White Horses

    Edwin - A dream of White Horses

    Paul Diffley (2019)

    A celebration of one of the UK's most impactful climbers: Edwin Drummond. We pay tribute to his life with a look at the historic first ascent of what's now considered to be one of the world's greatest trad multi-pitches 'A Dream Of White Horses'. Located on the spectacular cliffs of Gogarth this ascent was made by Ed Drummond and Dave Pearce in 1968. We bring the ascent to life through reenactment with James Mchaffie and Lex Pearce(Dave's son) accompanied by Ed's poetry which was as big a part of Ed's life as climbing. The two blend together beautifully in this atmospheric tribute to a man who changed the climbing scene forever.

    UK / 8 min

    Edwin - A dream of White Horses

    Paul Diffley

    • 2019
    • UK
    • 8 min
    A celebration of one of the UK's most impactful climbers: Edwin Drummond. We pay tribute to his life with a look at the historic first ascent of what's now considered to be one of the world's greatest trad multi-pitches 'A Dream Of White Horses'. Located on the spectacular cliffs of Gogarth this ascent was made by Ed Drummond and Dave Pearce in 1968. We bring the ascent to life through reenactment with James Mchaffie and Lex Pearce(Dave's son) accompanied by Ed's poetry which was as big a part of Ed's life as climbing. The two blend together beautifully in this atmospheric tribute to a man who changed the climbing scene forever.

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