DARK RIFT FILMS is a feature film production company focused on producing big ideas on small budgets

Formed by PAUL BUTLER (Writer) & STEWART SPARKE (Director) in 2014, the two bring a unique blend of expertise from film and television production to writing, directing, producing, post-production and marketing. 

THE CREATURE BELOW is the production company's first feature film and premiered at FRIGHTFEST London in 2016 and has since secured distribution deals at CANNES and AFM in ten territories, with the first DVD release set for the USA in early 2017. Self financed by Paul & Stewart with a budget of only £12,000 and shot over just fourteen days, the film proved critically and commercially successful.

Prior to THE CREATURE BELOW, Paul & Stewart have had success with short films. CONTAINMENT was shortlisted for the Horror Channel's 2014 Shortcuts to Hell 2 competition and was included in the UK Horror Anthology Feature film. Later that year, their First World War short film LOSS AND LEGACY earned a ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY award nomination.  

DARK RIFT FILMS is now developing a commercially viable slate of genre feature films, seeking to bring their experience in producing big ideas on small budgets, to a larger audience.

Stewart Sparke

Company Director

Producer / Director / Editor

First Assistant Director and Writer Paul Butler watches as the crew prepare to shoot a scene.jpg


Company Director

Producer / Writer

Director Stewart Sparke and Director of Photography Callum O'Connell watch playback.jpg


Associate Producer

Marketing / Director / Editor

Associates of Dark Rift Films

Bearing 305 Productions
Short & Feature Film Prodution


RO Pictures
Short Film & Photograpy

Glass Cannon
Award Winning Animation Production