Hot Aches Productions

Adventure Film Production - Edinburgh Scotland - Established 2004

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. 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, Tom Randall, Sonnie Trotter, Steve McClure, Matt Segal, Hazel Findlay, Johnny Dawes, Pete Whittaker 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.

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Paul Diffley

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Paul founded Hot Aches in 2004 and has gone on to produce many highly acclaimed adventure films, picking up over 50 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 4K/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.


Culann o brien

Chief Psych Officer

Culann joined the Hot Aches team in 2019. Whilst being Chief Psych Officer entails a lot of different work he spends a lot of the time managing and creating content for our social media.

Whilst being a psyched climber and mountaineer, Culann also has experience in marketing through years as a Radio host and various social media marketing for past companies.


Hugo Saunders

Hugo joined Hot Aches back in 2018. Hugo has a creative past being a hugely successful oil painter. Once he discovered climbing it was an instant hook and Hugo decided he wanted to apply his creative mind to create climbing films.

Since coming on Hugo has become a top level editor and has shown that his creative eye doesn’t stop at painting, he’s taken to having a fantastic eye for story telling through editing! Hugo also films a lot of behind the scenes for us and helps create our weekly videos.

Who Hot Aches support:

John Muir Trust Bronze Member

Hot Aches have been a 'Bronze' corporate member since 2012.


10% of all our film sales on Vimeo On Demand and ReelHouse goes direct to Urban Uprising, who fund climbing and educational programs for hard to reach young people. 

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