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Melbourne International Film Festival – Time Out's highlights

Whether you're in it for the premieres, the celebrity spotting or the indies that'll likely never see a big screen in this country again, Melbourne International Film Festival has you covered. In 2016, it will run for two and a half weeks, from July 28 through to August 14. The festival's been going strong since 1952, and with a range of classic cinema on offer, as well as new movies, that history is well and truly being honoured. Here's what to see at MIFF this year, no matter your taste.

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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable restaurants, cafés and bars

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The best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to absolutely everywhere you should be eating in Melbourne

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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Eat out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

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The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne

Here are ten good reasons to be a morning person in Melbourne

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The best burgers in Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to summon your stretchy pants

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Battle of the Burger 2016

Here are the four finalists who will battle it out at Time Out Melbourne's first burger rumble

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

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The best markets in Melbourne

Start your engines, shoppers: from organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market near you

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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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Art

Where to find street art in Melbourne

The street art laneways and hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

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The best restaurants on Lygon Street

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

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Shopper's guide to Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip

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26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne

Melbourne, we love you, but sometimes you can be a bit of a dickhead

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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

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24 things to do alone in Melbourne

Spending time in the city by yourself? Check out Melbourne's best adventures for one

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Edward II

Reckon our leaders are terrible? It seems they had nothing on Edward II. The 14th century English king screwed up his reign so monumentally that his wife raised an army against him and he was toppled by his own son. Opinions change, of course, and now his greatest flaw has become his most endearing quality; despite intense pressure, he refused to give up the man he loved, Piers Gaveston.  Malthouse Theatre artistic director Matt Lutton had been fishing around for a queer play for a while, spurred by the fact that “you don’t really see any plays about gay public figures. Most gay characters are either private individuals or Disney villains.” Despite the implied outing of Jafar in this comment, Lutton has a point, citing Angels in America’s Roy Cohn as the only theatrical depiction of a famous gay man he can think of. And in that play, he virtually is a Disney villain. Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 version of Edward II has been radically reworked and updated by Lutton and playwright Anthony Weigh, stripping back the cast to five and focussing on “the lure and the destructive nature of individualism”. The result sounds more like a domestic family drama than the historical epic we might have expected. Johnny Carr, who plays the ineffectual monarch, agrees. “The original Marlowe is quite convoluted, quite sprawling, whereas Anthony’s take is really lean, really precise.” The overt queer politics have been played down, too. Obvious parallels to gay marriage will no doubt simmer under

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Men of Substance and Style

Once upon a time, being a man meant stepping in line. Now, it's those that break out from the crowd to find there own path that we admire most. Here are some of the agenda-setters working in Australia today – from barbers shaping the style of the guys in their states, to the game changers disrupting the way we do everything from dessert to social networking.

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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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