Hot Aches Productions

Adventure Film Production

Hot Aches Productions was founded in 2004 by adventure filmmaker, Paul Diffley. Our first major climbing DVD, ‘E11′, followed Dave MacLeod making the first ascent of Rhapsody (E11) in Scotland. ‘E11′ won thirteen international awards and is now widely regarded as one of the best climbing movies ever made. E11 is still one the best selling rock climbing films in the UK. Since then we have filmed Dave Macleod on many other hard climbs, as well as several of the world’s top rock climbers and mountaineers including James Pearson, Andy Turner, Sonnie Trotter, Steve McClure, Matt Segal, Johnny Dawes, John Dunne and many more.

We are based in Edinburgh, Scotland, but we love to travel to anywhere with beautiful mountains or great rock climbing. We record our films using the latest 4K cameras to give you the most engaging experience when watching our films.

We have a passion for making rock climbing films and mountaineering films which we hope comes across in our work. We believe that video is a fantastic medium for sharing our love of climbing and all the great stories that climbing and mountaineering generate.

Everyone loves a chat. We’re in the studio most days, if we’re not out shooting that is, so we’d be happy to down tools for a chat. Drop us an email, post on our Facebook, send us a tweet



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Paul founded Hot Aches in 2006 and has gone on to produce many highly acclaimed adventure films, picking up over 40 awards in the process.

As well as creating his own productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul also works as a freelance cameraman, director and editor for the broadcast industry.

His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. He is accustomed to using the latest HD video cameras and is highly proficient with professional video editing software. Paul is equally at home shooting video in challenging mountain environments using ropes and rigging gear as he is conducting an intimate and sensitive interview in a subject’s home.

Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

Chris is a multi-award winning adventure filmmaker, photographer and sound designer based in Scotland. His images have been published by the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph and the Discovery Channel. Working as part of the Hot Aches team Chris has extensive experience of shooting for broadcast and film in remote and rope accessed locations in both summer and winter conditions.

Away from location Chris has an in-depth knowledge of post-production for film and television having directed and edited a number of award winning films, including 'Wide Boyz II' and 'Redemption: The James Pearson Story'. With an MSc in Sound Design with Distinction from Edinburgh University Chris is also a fully qualified sound designer with ten years industry experience. 

Away from filmmaking Chris has been heavily involved with adventure sports from childhood and has climbed, skied, kayaked and trekked all over the World, including Greenland, Canada, Norway, Iceland and the Alps.

Who we support:

John Muir Trust Bronze Member

Climbers Against Cancer


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