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Synopsis: The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumored to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody. Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, set out to explore this world and climb the world’s hardest offwidths. They complete a brutal two-year training regime, mostly spent hanging upside down in a suburban Sheffield basement, before embarking on a tour of the USA. The tour culminates in the first ascent of the ultimate offwidth test piece, Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.


Documentary | Sports | Adventure





Run Time

48 minutes


Pete Whittaker
Tom Randall

Directed by

Paul Diffley

Prod. Company

Hot Aches Productions - http://www.hotaches.com/

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Director's Bio

Paul is a multi-award winning adventure film maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.

Skilled in observational documentary techniques and an experienced interviewer, Paul puts his subjects at ease and allows the story in question to reveal itself. Many of his productions have won awards at national and international film festivals, appealing to both judges and audiences alike. His rock climbing DVDs continue to sell worldwide.

Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are rock climbing, ice climbing, competitive kayaking, sea kayaking, fell running, mountaineering, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, kite surfing, yacht racing, skiing and snowboarding. Paul has taught adventure film making as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain film makers. In addition, he has given presentations about mountain film and film making at events worldwide including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and is available as a speaker for other entertainment events.

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.


Mountain & Adventure Film Festival - USA - 2017

Grand Prize "Best Film" (Wide Boyz)

Mountain & Adventure Film Festival - USA - 2017

Best Climbing & Mountaineering Film (Wide Boyz)

Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival - Canada - 2013

Best Short Film (Wide Boyz (Reel Rock Edit))

Kendall Mountain Film Festival - UK - 2013

People's Choice (Wide Boyz)

Kendall Mountain Film Festival - UK - 2013

Best Climbing Film (Wide Boyz)

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - UK - 2013

Best Climbing Film (Wide Boyz)

Mountain Film in Telluride - USA - 2013

Best Climbing Film (Wide Boyz)

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival - UK - 2013

Best Short Film (Wide Boyz (Reel Rock Edit))

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Aspect Ratio

1.77:1 (16:9)

Sound Mix

Stereo LT/RT





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