Skip to content

'Big Mäck: Gangsters and Gold'

'Big Mäck: Gangsters and Gold'

Documentary feature on the most intriguing character in German legal history, available January 20, 2023, exclusively on Netflix

Written and directed by: Fabienne Hurst & Andreas Spinrath

Producer: Teresa Messerschmidt / btf (bildundtonfabrik)

Executive Producers: Matthias Murmann & Philipp Käßbohrer / btf (bildundtonfabrik)

Editing: Nathalie Bartel, Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima, Florian Böttger


Coming to Netflix on January 20, 2023!  

View the first look image here. 

More information and press materials are available in our Media Center and find more Netflix news and updates in our Newsroom.​

Berlin, November 29, 2022 – “It was the fat one” – Tall, overweight and a recognizable earlobe… In 1995, these characteristics were more than enough to convict Donald Stellwag of a crime he didn’t commit. He spent nine years behind bars, wrongly accused, and his case made legal history in Germany. 

Years later, during a trial involving the robbery of a vehicle transporting gold, Stellwag’s name turned up again. The famous gangster-rap artist Xatar, who was convicted of the robbery, said in front of the jury that Donald “Big Mäck” Stellwag gave him the tips he needed to pull off the job. The loot of €1.8 million has never been found. Where is the money and who is the real gangster here? 

The true-crime feature BIG MÄCK: Gangsters and Gold tells the unbelievable story of Donald Stellwag, who is embroiled in a tragic and puzzling mystery. The documentary, which will be released on January 20, 2023 on Netflix, was produced by bildundtonfabrik, makers of productions like How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), King of Stonks and Shiny_Flakes

In BIG MÄCK: Gangsters and Gold, cellmates, childhood friends and business partners give us a real picture of Donald Stellwag. And for the first time ever, Stellwag will tell his own story in front of the camera.


About Big Mäck

Donald Stellwag is an outsider; bullied. Eventually, he leaves his small hometown in Bavaria to move to Frankfurt, where he becomes addicted to drugs. In the early 90s, just as he’s getting his life on track, his name is mentioned in connection with a bank robbery on the German TV show  Aktenzeichen XY. He’s described as very tall and clearly obese. A dubious expert convinces the judge of Stellwag’s guilt due to an allegedly characteristic earlobe. He is sentenced and, despite having an alibi, spends nine years in prison. Not two weeks after his release, he finds out that the true perpetrator has been captured. Stellwag is exonerated and becomes a media sensation. But when a gold transporter is hijacked near the A81 motorway and €1.8 million in gold is stolen, everything changes. The ringleader, infamous gangster rapper Xatar, is candid in court. The robbers and victims all have one thing in common: they all know Donald Stellwag. Has he now committed the crime he just finished serving time for? Did he do it to avenge his own ill fate?

About btf

bildundtonfabrik (btf GmbH), founded by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann in Ehrenfeld, Cologne, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In its relatively young history, under the creative direction of Philipp and Matthias, btf has won numerous awards for various TV shows, series, documentaries, commercials, and video games. btf is twelve-time winner of the renowned German Grimme-Preis, eight-time winner of the German Television Award, has won the ADC Award twice, as well as the German Comedy Award and the German Computer Game Award.

Journalists Fabienne Hurst and Andreas Spinrath have both worked multiple times with bildundtonfabrik, for example, on the documentary series docupy: Ungleichland, which was awarded a Grimme-Preis in 2019.

Aside from her work as a journalist, Fabienne Hurst is also a fiction author (King of Stonks, Netflix). In recent years, Andreas Spinrath has worked as an investigative reporter, mostly on documentaries for the German TV channels WDR and ARD.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 223 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films, reality and comedy formats, and even mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Please feel free to reach out any time if you have any questions or require further information.

Amélie Apel

PR Specialist DACH