Paul Diffley, DAVE BROWN
United Kingdom / 2007 / 78'
The film presents the top rock climbers from Britain and around the world engaged in over 200 different ascents, among the most difficult and dangerous in the world. The different climbing styles and scenes in Britain command both respect and bewilderment. The different ascents are closely examined: we can see many difficult first ascents, daring repetitions and brave solo ascents. From the steep cliffs of the North Sea passing by the massive sandstone rocks in England up to the Irish and Scottish mountains, we follow the climbers through their preparation for the ascent; their concentration, strength of will, successful and unsuccessful attempts, and the continuous challenge of new obstacles. Among many others, the climbers we see in action include Dave Mc Leod, James Pearson, the Canadia Sonny Trotter, the Australian Ben Cossey, the German Jude Spancken, Katherine Schirrmacher, Johnny Dawes, Nick Dixon and John Dunne.
A producer and director, in 2003 together with Dave Brown he founded an independent video studio, Hot Aches, specialising in filming sports adventures and exploration in extreme conditions. His film "E11", also presented at the TrentoFilmfestival in 2007, was one of the most successful films on climbing in the last few years, receiving no less than thirteen international awards. Paul also works for British and American television, dealing above all with filming and extreme locations.
Dave Brown is co-founder of Bamboo Chicken Productions Ltd, a independent film making company, and former director of Hot Aches Productions. Dave is a highly successful Producer/Director with 37 international film awards To his name. Dave is a leading extreme location cameraman working for a range of broadcast clients in Europe and USA. He is also a widely published stills photographer.