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Filmography

Hot Aches

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 50 min 

    Scottish winter climbing with Andy Cave. Distilled is a celebration of Scottish winter climbing and a poignant profile of a life spent in the mountains.


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    • UK 
    • Color
    • 10 min 

    World-class climber Sonnie Trotter teams up with world-class belayer Cory Richards to take on the Squamish classic "Presto". The film examines what it takes to belay on some of the world's hardest climbs.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 15 min 

    The West Face of Karimbony in the Tsaranoro Massif is home to one of the worlds hardest big-wall free climbs, Tough Enough?. James McHaffie and a team of top UK climbers head to Madagascar to find out if this route is indeed tough enough.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 15 min 

    Kevin Shields is known as the "one-handed climber". Despite being born with most of his left hand missing, Kevin has made some impressive and bold climbing ascents. The film examines his motivations and follows his progression through the climbing grades, culminating in a terrifying attempt to solo an E6 in Glen Nevis, Scotland.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 15 min 

    Set in the post-industrial landscape of a disused Welsh slate quarry, this films follows three very different climbers as they battle their way up some unusual climbing. Matt Segal, a professional climber from the U.S.; Hazel Findlay, a young student from England; and Johnny Dawes, the British climbing legend from the 1980s, take it in turn to crimp, squirm and wriggle their way up the esoteric route "Gin Palace".


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 17 min 

    One of the great pioneers of Scottish mountaineering, Jimmy Marshall, reflects on a lifetime of climbing in Scotland. His soulful words accompany stunning footage of the routes which Marshall first climbed on Ben Nevis 50 years ago.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 62 min 

    In one legendary week on Ben Nevis in 1960 Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith climbed six first winter ascents on consecutive days, including the mini Alpine-route Orion Face Direct. They also made the first one-day winter ascent of Point Five Gully, went for a walk, had a beer and got arrested over an incident with some dominoes! Exactly 50 years later Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner pay tribute by setting out to repeat all the routes that Smith and Marshall first climbed in that famous week. This film tells the story of the original events and follows MacLeod and Turner as they discover exactly what an achievement it was.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 42 min 

    2006E11

    One of the best all-round climbers in the world seeks to take traditional rock climbing to the next level of difficulty -- and, inevitably, danger. The steep and intimidating rock face protecting the seaward flanks of historic Dumbarton Castle in Scotland is the scene of Dave MacLeod’s very personal battle. The film reveals the dedication, frustrations and sheer physical and mental effort that goes into MacLeod’s climbing. Relationships become strained as he struggles to cope with the difficulty and seriousness of the endeavour. Doggedly, even obsessively, he keeps returning to his "ultimate" project.


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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 18 min 

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    Documentary

    • UK 
    • Color
    • 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

Found films (24)

Original title Year Dir / Prod Locations Genres
Picture Film data Locations
Distilled 2013 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Ben Nevis, Cratcliffe Tor, Aonach Beag, Changabang Documentary
Distilled Ben Nevis
Cratcliffe Tor
Aonach Beag
Changabang
Hey presto 2009 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Murrin Park Documentary
Hey presto Murrin Park
Little big walling in Madagascar 2009 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Karambony Documentary
Little big walling in Madagascar Karambony
Single handed 2009 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Glen Nevis Documentary
Single handed Glen Nevis
Slate monkeys 2009 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Vivian Quarry Documentary
Slate monkeys Vivian Quarry
The architect 2010 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Ben Nevis Documentary
The architect Ben Nevis
The pinnacle 2010 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Ben Nevis Documentary
The pinnacle Ben Nevis
E11 2006 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Dumbarton Rock, Burbage South Edge Documentary
E11 Dumbarton Rock
Burbage Sout...
Return to Indian Face 2011 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches Clogwyn Du'r Arddu Documentary
Return to Indian Face Clogwyn Du'r...
The long hope 2011 Paul Diffley, Hot Aches St. John's Head Documentary
The long hope St. John's Head